OneLife Suffolk is packed with guidance and advice on how to live healthier, but here we also give answers to some often asked questions (let us know if there is a question you would like the answer to that isn’t listed here).
Can siblings attend any of the programmes too?
Yes, if one child in the family is eligible, then their siblings can attend too. This avoids one child feeling victimised because of their size.
How much does the service cost?
The service is FREE
Can anyone else attend the 10 week programme?
The child/ children, alongside their main carers guardian such parents or grandparents must attend but no others are to attend.
My child is 16 years old but does not want to attend one of the children and young person’s programmes – Is there an alternative option?
Yes. They could attend one of our 12-week weight management programmes or request slimming world vouchers.
What do we need to bring to the programmes or clubs?
Children will need to bring water and be dressed suitably for physical activity, e.g. comfortable clothes that they can move freely in and trainers. In the summer we advise that you bring sun cream, hats and sunglasses too.
What age does my child need to be?
Our programmes are suitable for 4 – 18-year-olds, however, we do offer teen programmes, and once a young person reaches the age of 16 years old, they can choose to go on an adult programme if they would prefer.
What is the maximum number of children on a programme or holiday club?
On a holiday club, we can take no more than 40 children; however, our family programmes invite no more than 10 families.
Is a one to one service offered?
No, although each case will be dealt with individually and a decision will be made by our programme lead.
My child has a learning disability or behavioural issues, can they still attend?
Yes, make us aware of the condition your child presents with and we can assess the support that may be required on the programme.
Do parents have to attend the 10 – week programmes too?
The idea of the 10 – week programmes is to support changes in the home amongst the whole family. If the parent/s are unable to attend or are not the main carer or guardian of the child then other family members can attend instead, e.g. grandparents.
My child is underweight, can you help?
Unfortunately, the OneLife Suffolk service is only commissioned to offer support to children who are above the healthy weight range. If your child is underweight and you feel this is an issue, please see your GP.