Get Hooked On Life

by Andy Mayer
Posted on 08 January 2011
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Most parents will have heard their children complaining of having ‘nothing to do'. And sometimes, boredom leads children into anti-social or dangerous behaviour. So how good would it be if having nothing to do was never an issue again?!

Yoomee has been working in partnership with Get Hooked on Life since 2010 to develop a social network designed for children of junior school age and above, giving them access to sport, leisure and social activities out of school time.

Currently piloting in South Yorkshire, it brings together activities across the region, connecting children and parents virtually to take part in real life activities. To-date the site has successfully managed over 15,000 events and taken over 114,000 bookings from young people.

"Yoomee's expertise in social networking has been invaluable. And we've developed a new Agile way of working with them, because of the scale of this project, scoping out the work in manageable chunks that we've prioritised. I don't think the results would have been as effective any other way. We're hoping to have rolled out Get Hooked on Life so there's a club in every Sheffield school within the next two years."

The site addresses anti-social behaviour by encouraging children to get involved in sporting activities across the region, connecting children and parents virtually to take part in real life activities.

Get Hooked on Life has found the Agile approach invaluable because of the project's scale, scoping out the work in manageable, prioritised chunks.

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In 2013, Get Hooked on Life became part of Sheffield City Council and was rebranded to "Sheffieldr". The service is now run by Sheffield Futures – an independent charity, supporting communities and helping young people, particularly the vulnerable, to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life. The new Youth Enrichment team have been established to support volunteers, not for profit groups, faith groups, schools and other types of non-profit organisation to develop their offer of positive activities to young people.

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Posted on 08 January 2011 - By Andy Mayer
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