BT Supporters Club

10 Sported members, working with disadvantaged young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET, received capacity building support through funding from BT Supporters Club and Comic Relief.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

- 10 business plans developed

- 486 young people involved considered NEET or at risk of becoming NEET

- 1375 young people in total involved throughout the whole programme delivery and demonstrating increased employability related skills

- 14,572 hours of volunteering, mentoring of working hours achieved by the young people

CASE STUDY

Mark* first linked with Yellow Wales with the assistance of his cousin in May 2016. He heard about the work of Yellow Wales via his Social Worker who told him about the twice weekly sports sessions delivered at HALO in Maesteg. He and his cousin explained that he needed help to socialise with other people as he was quite isolated within his community. Mark* lives at home with his grandmother, and explained that he had little opportunity to take part in any community activities, so our Learn Through Sport Project has enabled him to meet other people in a safe and structured environment and build up confidence whilst taking part.

Mark* has been involved with the programme for approximately 9 months and has thoroughly enjoyed meeting up doing sports such as badminton, basketball, football, touch rugby, and squash. Mark* also explained that prior to attending the programme he had previously been diagnosed with cancer in two places – the lung and the testicles. Following treatment Mark's* cancer has been in remission, and he has recently received the great news that both tumours have been reduced and has now been given the all clear. He feels that this is in part due to his commitment to undertaking regular physical exercise.

Mark* also felt he was carrying excess weight and he was keen to lead a much healthier lifestyle to improve his fitness and wellbeing and has lost 6 kilos!

The programme has been so positive for him and his overall wellbeing. Yellow Staff have noted in particular how confidence has grown considerably, and it was with great delight that Mark* having been involved in regular sessions felt confident enough to recently undertake his first accredited course in Food Safety Hygiene. He was successfully awarded a Level 2 qualification which is equivalent to a Grade A TO C GCSE.

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