Social Inclusion Work
Since the start of 2013, SRDF have been delivering a Salford based Social Inclusion project that will be delivered in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police and supported by Lloyds TSB Foundation SRDF will be working across Salford but primarily in the Pendleton area to provide local young people with otherwise inaccessible sports and educational opportunities. This area suffered greatly as a scene of some serious social trouble as part of the Salford riots.
The aim of the project is to identify young people and use the vehicle of the local professional rugby league club to increase aspirations from life of these young people. Working with local employers such as AJ Bell Stadium and educational establishments such as Salford City College and Salford University, the Foundation help 100s of local residents to not only improve their skills but gain meaningful employment.
Activities featured include physical activity sessions, like those pictured here at the Willows in Weaste. Weekly sessions were held at the site of the old home of Salford Red Devils throughout the summer months in conjunction with GM Police. This was part of a clean-up operation of the site that had fallen into disrepair and suffered frequently with anti-social behaviour.
Hazel Blears, Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, said: "The Salford Red Devils Foundation does some really valuable work in the community and it is fantastic to see this project up and running in Pendleton. It will give the young people involved a positive focus through sport and will also help to develop their skills in an enjoyable way. I am sure the scheme will lead to many success stories."