Community Social Impact Spotlight | Yet CIC

Author : Justin Alvero

27th August 2021

What social impact means, and how we engage, is a very personal experience for each and every one of us. We may have social impact projects of our own, or we may be looking to be more socially impactful in our current personal and/or professional lives.

This space is dedicated to casting a spotlight on coaches of the Animas community that are engaged in social impact in some form.

This month, we met with coach Hannah Stainer to hear from her and her coaching for social impact project Yet CIC, which she set up with fellow Animas coaches Christina Clark and Elektra Kypridemou in July of this year.

What does social impact mean to you?

"Social impact is meaningful, lasting and sustainable change that benefits individuals, local and global communities, where people come together with a common vision to take positive action on issues that matter to them."

Hannah Stainer

What motivated you to create this initiative?

"Yet CIC is a coaching initiative born from a mix of our personal and professional experience with mental health and working with young people. We wanted to create something different that is person-centred, youth led and accessible to all young people (up to age 35), with a focus on early intervention mental wellbeing support.

Coaching’s view of the individual as a resourceful, whole person with a solution focus approach can be less stigmatising and more desirable than traditional therapeutic routes for young people.

Mental health challenges and traditional treatment routes can be very isolating. So we will:

"We believe young people are equipped to support each other and find their own solutions and through coaching questions and techniques, Yet CIC will enable young people to not feel alone when having to navigate everyday life struggles."

Hannah Stainer

What do you hope to achieve with this project?

"We are creating an organisation and community that directly impacts the lives of the young people we work with and has a wider impact on the lives of young people and mental health locally and nationally.

Our services aim to curate a coaching environment that reduces the burden on public services and offers early support when people would otherwise be waiting for services and their concerns compounding. We want to achieve a fully co-created, co-produced and co-delivered organisation with young people at the centre, that listens to them and creates services that are tailored to their needs. Our young people will develop the tools to help themselves and others, and have the opportunity to participate in peer coaching and support.

Through monitoring our impact and staying up to date with current research, we will aim to educate and support other organisations who work with young people to raise awareness and help to provide solutions to common issues that the young people they work with or employ may face. We will continue the awareness raising to the wider population, through a coaching environment, to challenge stigma, normalise life challenges, signpost to other services, spotlight areas of good practice and promote the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing."

Hannah Stainer

Would you like to share your experience creating a project of this kind?

"The three co-founders (Christina Clark, Elektra Kypridemou and Hannah Stainer) all share a passion for youth work and mental health and met online completing the Animas coaching Diploma. Since then, we have spent several months meeting weekly online and working collaboratively to create the culture of the organisation and our strategy. We are now registering as a community interest company, starting to develop and test our services, apply for funding, and build a community of volunteer coaches who can offer a neutral, confidential and listened to space for young people (we have a job description on our website if anyone is interested).

We’re still in the early stages of creating the project as we want it to be a value led and sustainable organisation that can offer coaching and peer support for years to come."

Hannah Stainer
Hannah Stainer

Hannah Stainer

Transformational Life Coach

Visit Hannah's website

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