Tackling Unemployment

Big Hits

 


Salford Red Devils Foundation have just finished delivering a 3 year £500,000 BIG Lottery Funded project about upskilling local young people by providing them access to qualifications and positive work experiences that they would normally not have access to.

The project has been extremely successful and compliments the Foundation’s approach to helping the wider family and overall ‘back to work’ offer. So much so that BIG Lottery Chairman Peter Ainsworth paid us a visit in mid-2012 to meet some of the young people involved and get a feel for what is going on

More broadly speaking the project was about providing opportunities such as the chance to gain work experience within Salford Red Devils and partners such as Together Housing Trust This typically revolved around the match day experience and included work within the retail, community development, marketing and hospitality.

Local young people had access to First Aid courses, rugby coaching qualifications, driving lessons and more as we continued to make more of them more employable. Within all the positive experiences participating young people had access to, there was a pay off. This was a large part of the programme and saw the newly qualified, confident young people venture out in to the local community to pass on their skills for the benefit of local schools, sports clubs and community groups.

On the back of this success, SRDF undertook research into how the scheme could grow by talking with over 100 young people throughout Salford and Trafford. This pointed out some specific issues around antisocial behaviour and gambling / financial mismanagement and with support from Trafford Housing Trust this formed the basis of our second bid.

This lead to a second bid with the Big Lottery Fund extending the current programme throughout Salford and Trafford, a “Big Hits Project”. Big Hits will offer young people aged 14 to 21 the chance to access courses such as first aid and sports coaching. Participants will then use their skills to deliver sports sessions, including touch rugby, for schools and community groups.

Lottery Funded

The project has 4 core outcomes which are as follows:

  • 1- 300+ Young people will have increased work related confidence and skills resulting in increased employability seeing them progress to employment or education.
  • 2- 300+ Young people will have increased knowledge around gambling / financial mismanagement allowing them to lead better financially prepared lives.
  • 3- 300+ Young people will have increased knowledge of anti-social behaviour issues and how their positive behaviour will impact on their community.
  • 4- 6000+ People aged 14-65 will increase awareness of healthy lifestyle benefits / physical activity capability thus improving their whole family’s health.

More broadly speaking the project is about providing opportunities such as the chance to gain work experience within Salford Red Devils. This typically revolves around the match day experience and can include work within retail, community development, marketing and hospitality.

“The main goal is sustainability and by the end of the three years the vast majority of the young people will have progressed on to jobs or education through our networks with hundreds of local residents playing and volunteering at new and existing community sports clubs.” - Mark Brocklehurst, SRDF Manager.

For more information or to get yourself involve in our Big Hits Project contact Mark on 0161 820 2739 or mark.brocklehurst@thereddevils.net