Community Foundation Launches ‘Change The Game’ Project

The Hull FC Community Foundation has launched a new project to help young people build their employability skills.

During these uncertain times, many employers are on the lookout for young and enthusiastic individuals, and the ‘Change The Game’ project will see the Hull FC Community Foundation help 16-24 year-olds build the necessary skills towards earning employment.

The foundation has received £5,000 funding from the Thomas Wall Trust grant programme, which aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.

The ‘Change the Game’ project will use a sport for change approach within a combined education, employability and wellbeing intervention to provide effective support to young people facing poorer life outcomes.

The project has two core objectives; to support vulnerable young people aged 16-24 to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to progress into employment, and, to support young people develop greater mental resilience that supports improved wellbeing.

‘Change the Game’ has been developed in direct response to the emerging needs of young people affected by Covid-19, and in particular, those living in areas of high deprivation who were already facing disproportionate inequality.

With the support of the Thomas Wall Trust, qualified education and wellbeing instructors from the Foundation will deliver two weekly, two hour job support sessions (‘Hubs’) from Hull FC Community Foundation venues.

Change the Game’ is inspired by the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ model, recognising that positive mental wellbeing is crucial in gaining and sustaining employment.

Whilst each of the core two hour weekly session will focus directly on employability skill acquisition activities, they will support participants to develop positive relationships with Foundation staff and the confidence to take part in broader activity that fosters improved physical and mental wellbeing.

From the Hull FC Community Foundation, Richard Tate said: “We have a passion for how the ‘power of sport’ can support those most disadvantaged.

“Therefore we will prioritise engaging those with offending backgrounds, behavioural concerns, low basic skills, or mental health challenges.

“From consultation, we know these young people perceive their past and current challenges as barriers to entering employment and that these thoughts are likely to be heightened post Covid-19.

“Our objective is to tackle these barriers through providing an engaging platform that supports individuality, learning, and connections to employers.”

If you are interested in taking part in the ‘Change The Game’ project, or would like to know more about it, please email mark.harling@hullfc.com

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