Building Better Opportunities

Participant balances a football on his back

Building Better Opportunities

The Building Better Opportunities programme is delivered across Teesside and Darlington by MFC Foundation and Step Forward Tees Valley. Step Forward Tees Valley (SFTV) are funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery through the National Lottery Community Fund.

Step Forward Tees Valley supports local people to overcome the complex reasons preventing them from finding work. These barriers could include physical or mental ill health, a lack of self-confidence, a gap in skills, a conviction, or an addiction.

The programme invests in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. The overall aim of the project is to make lasting and positive change allowing participants to move, in time, into training and employment.

The project helps people to build on their strengths and aspirations, using the skills and expertise of partners and local employers to achieve their goals. The project is committed to making a real and lasting change in Tees Valley.

Step Forward Tees Valley supports people across Tees Valley to take advantage of existing voluntary or employment possibilities, as well as working with local employers to create new opportunities.

Programme Aim
In partnership with the Northern Inclusion Consortium and Step Forward Tees Valley, the Building Better Opportunities Programme is designed to support people in our local community in identifying and overcoming any barriers that they may be facing, and to help them into Employment, Education or Training. The programme targets both male and female participants aged 29 years+ with multiple barriers that effect their lives. The aim is to provide support and ultimately enable them to take control and raise their aspirations. These barriers could include physical or mental ill-health, a lack of self-confidence, a gap in skills, a conviction, or an addiction.

In short, it is a ground-breaking new opportunity to help local people reach their potential with expert help and exciting opportunities available.

MFC Foundation’s Role
The role of MFC Foundation is to provide creative and enjoyable engagement opportunities in the form of participant-centered weekly Football sessions and tournaments both in the Middlesbrough and Darlington areas. These sessions are run by qualified MFC Foundation coaches and are designed to provide a vibrant and positive environment to have fun and improve fitness, teamwork, confidence and social skills.

Upon joining the programme, participants will be assigned to a Navigator from Step Forward Tees Valley who specialise in using their experience and expertise to work closely with participants in addressing barriers and beginning the journey to take control of their own future.

For more information about the programme, contact les.curvis@mfcfoundation.co.uk, or call 01642 454816.

Find out more at www.sfteesvalley.co.uk They are also on twitter @sfteesvalley and on Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley.

 

 


Walk from Rockliffe to the Riverside

A local photographer from Teesside is hoping to raise money for MFC Foundation by walking from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday 26th August 2020.

Tom Banks owner of Banks Photo recently worked for MFC Foundation and was so amazed by the inspiring work the Foundation deliver across Teesside he decided he wanted to help support them.

Tom plans to walk the 25 mile route from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium and raise much needed funds for MFC Foundation.

Tom who is a keen walker said: “I was asked by MFC Foundation prior to lockdown to take some photos of several projects that they were delivering within the local communities. I was totally amazed to see the joy in the faces of the participants and it made me think that I wanted to do something to help.” He continued “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on all charities so I decided I would try to do my bit and fundraise for MFC Foundation. As a keen walker I decided that I would walk from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium to help the Foundation continue their inspiring work across Teesside.”

Andrew Buckley – Business Development Manager for MFC Foundation said: “Tom worked for us earlier in the year and was overwhelmed by some of our projects we are continuing to deliver throughout this pandemic.” He continued “As a LOCAL charity we are always grateful for any donations and help with our fundraising work so we are very happy to support Tom with his up and coming sponsored walk.”

If you would like to support Tom and join him on his 25 mile walk you can email him at thomas.banks@sky.com

If you would like to sponsor Tom on his walk you can do that by clicking here