Q & A- A day in the life of Jon our EWP, a discussion around how leisure and outdoor activities have a positive impact on our wellbeing

Q+A with Jon

A day in the life of Jon at The Link and a discussion around how leisure and outdoor activities have a positive impact on our wellbeing. 

How long have you worked at The Link?

Jon has worked at The Link coming up a year.


Where did you work beforehand?

Jon worked as a social worker with children and families and he did this for approximately 5 years. 


What made you make the change from social work to working with young people who have mental health difficulties?

Jon has always had a deep rooted interest in child psychology and how the brain develops. Jon stated that he wanted to make a difference to young people’s lives by working holistically with the family to be able to provide better long term outcomes for each young person. 


Would you say leisure and outdoor activities make a positive difference to our mental health?

Yes, these types of activities allow young people a chance to try a variety of different skills and figure out which ones work for them. They also provide young people with a sense of drive and determination which can be implemented in all areas of their lives. 


What benefits come from engaging with leisure and outdoor activities?

  • Build self discipline 
  • Collaboratively working within a team 
  • Social skills 
  • Life long friendships 
  • Boost confidence and self-esteem 
  • Resilience to failure 
  • Learn new skills 
  • Overall improves your health 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Making a positive difference to families and sharing my knowledge and wisdom to young people. 


If a young person was worried about accessing our service what advice would you give them?

Don’t be worried and think about the reason you would like to access some support. Most importantly the service will be able to help however big or small your struggles are or be able to guide you in the right direction.


Lastly, have you got any words of wisdom for our young people?

Aim high and believe in yourself.