Social Impact, Age UK, and the ‘Mylife’ Programme: Animas Student David Frost’s Pioneering Coaching Initiative

16th January 2020

From our involvement in the ongoing Coach4Care project, through to our past collaboration with the Wilderness Foundation coaching troubled youth, at Animas, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate around social impact work, and form partnerships that allow us to really make an impact on the world.

Furthermore, we love to see Animas coaches getting involved in this kind of work and always keep our ear to the ground to pick up on what our coaches are up to. One such coach that is currently involved in pioneering social impact work is Animas coach-in-training David Frost, Founder and Co-ordinator of the ‘MyLife’ wellbeing coaching programme.

This new and exciting initiative created by David, in collaboration with AGE UK, works with older people that are suffering from loneliness and social isolation in the UK. When you consider that over 1 million older people in the UK say they always or often feel lonely, and more than 40% of older people say that television or pets are their main form of company, the impact that this project could have is untold.

Loneliness is associated with depression, sleep problems, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems. In short, it can limit human potential and life expectancy, highlighting just some of the problems that can arise from spending all of your time alone, particularly as an elderly individual.

David believes that the ‘Mylife’ programme can be a real solution to these issues, and make a real, tangible impact to this current state of play, having seen significant improvements to wellbeing among the clients that he is already working with. ‘I have been coaching four MyLife clients, I have a full understanding of the challenges they face and we’ve experienced some great breakthroughs. They’re going out more, meeting new friends, removing toxic “friends”, improving communication skills, decluttering and one has even booked a holiday to Spain.’

The early impact of the programme thus far has been great, but David has a goal to get 100 new coaches involved in 2020!

Don’t miss the upcoming webinar!

Our COO, Robert Stephenson has decided to interview David about this interesting project, because not only is it serving a need in the community, it also came about from David exploring how he might complete his practice sessions for Animas Qualification.

Going from serving a course need to developing a programme that is growing and receiving funding, has caught Robert’s attention about what is possible for coaches when we get creative. So, if this pioneering project has piqued your interest too, come and join the call as they explore the programme and some of the successes that it has already had, as well as the vision for what the future holds for ‘Mylife’.

The interview will take place at 7pm on Monday 27th January via Zoom, and you can join the call here.

Put it in your calendar now!

You can find out more about David and his work here.

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