About Shine

SHINE is a community-based weight management programme that helps young people to lose weight and to grow in self-esteem and confidence. We work with the whole family; parents/ guardians receive support and training in one room whilst the children are attending sessions in the room next door.

We help young people to understand their weight problem so that they can manage it more effectively in an independent way. To do this we don’t just focus on food and eating, we promote a complete change in attitude towards lifestyle.

The SHINE programme incorporates the three interventions advocated by all obesity guidelines: nutritional therapy, physical activity, and behavioural modification – which includes psychological therapies to address anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, body image and bullying.

We aim to develop emotional literacy and social skills to help young people explore any psychological issues or potential underlying causes of obesity,

Our SHINE team worked with the Shine Health Academy to adapt its original programme that is delivered to children in mainstream schools, making it suitable for those with learning disabilities and / or autism. All of our tutors have completed extensive training with The Shine Health Academy.

SHINE requires attendance to an assessment and all sessions in the programme. Please see below the dates of the next SHINE programme and further information about what to expect at an assessment and during the sessions.

Meet the team

Aaron Firth
Aaron FirthShine Tutor
Briget Hayes
Briget HayesShine Tutor
Ellycia Philips
Ellycia PhilipsShine Tutor

When does it run?

  • Delivery Dates: Thursday evenings
  • Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Length of attendance: 12 sessions (Please see dates below)
  • Venue: Norfolk Lodge


  • Age: 10-17
  • Abilities: Due to staffing numbers we do not ordinarily provide 1-1 support. However, please discuss your needs with the Children’s coordinator.

We do not provide personal care, if your child requires personal care we would ask you to stop the duration of the session, in our dedicated parents room or be contactable by telephone.

Assessment: During the assessment the tutor will ask a series of questions and will take your child’s measurements and weight.

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Shine resources

Here are some videos and resources to support you whilst at home. Find out about the Zimbabwe Hand Jive and how it can help you to eat healthily in this guide and in the video below:

Egg-Fried Rice Recipe

Make your own delicious egg fried rice with this recipe from Briget.

Shine Health Academy Recipe Booklet

Discover lots of delicious recipes in this booklet from the Shine Health Academy

Session dates


Session Dates
Assessment 20/08/2020
Assessment 27/08/2020
1 03/09/2020
2 10/09/2020
3 17/09/2020
4 24/09/2020
5 01/10/2020
6 08/10/2020
7 15/10/2020
8 22/10/2020
9 5/11/2020
10 12/11/2020
11 19/11/2020
12 26/11/2020
Cooking 03/12/2020
Cooking 10/12/2020
Cooking 17/12/2020


Session Dates
Assessment 21/01/2021
Assessment 28/01/2021
Assessment 04/02/2021
Assessment 11/02/2021
1 25/02/2021
2 04/03/2021
3 11/03/2021
4 18/03/2021
5 25/03/2021
6 01/04/2021
7 22/04/2021
8 29/04/2021
9 06/05/2021
10 13/05/2021
11 20/05/2021
12 27/05/2021
Cooking 10/06/2021
Cooking 17/06/2021
Cooking 24/06/2021