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.

 

 


An Ultra Run For MFC Foundation – An Ultra Special Memory

ON Saturday morning, June 19th 2021, Lisa Hay will set off from Carlisle to complete The Wall, a seventy mile endurance run that will end on Newcastle Quayside at 9am on Sunday morning. 

Lisa will be running for an incredible 26 hours to raise money for MFC Foundation in memory of her friend Lee Butcher, a Boro season ticket holder and lifelong fan.

Lee, a father of two, was due to become a granddad before he tragically lost his life at just 41 years of age.

Lisa described Lee as a fun loving, big hearted man (and wind-up merchant!) who had been a huge support to her on her previous runs.  As a mental health nurse Lisa is very aware of the challenges life brings to people on a day to day basis, she believes that being active is a key part to maintaining good mental health and this has motivated her to complete the London Marathon, The Great North Run and a 35 mile Edinburgh “Rat Race”.

Alongside a sky dive this running has raised thousands for charities including Cystic Fibrosis, Mind and the Mr Men children’s charity.

Lisa read about the work of the Foundation in the newspapers and felt that raising money for the charity would be a fitting tribute for Lee. If you would like to support Lisa please visit her just giving page:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LisaMichelleHay-1&pageUrl=4

You can also follow her live progress during the run, using her number (0292) at:

http://www.ratracetracking.co.uk/