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.

 

 


Football Welcomes: Shaygan’s Story

SHAYGAN is from Iran. His story as a 20-year-old began with MFC Foundation around April 2019 as a participant in our Football Welcomes programme, the very same programme we are highlighting today, the EFL’s Day of Action.

The programme is an initiative to create a more welcoming community for those seeking refuge and asylum. He hadn’t been in the country long before he started attending sessions.

A keen student of football, Shaygan began volunteering on the Football Welcomes programme organising warm-ups, cool downs and various other activities for the participants. He also assisted in getting teams together for regular tournaments against other programmes and indeed Foundations from across the country. Other roles during this time included being an interpreter for coaches for participants from Iranian, Kurdish and Afghan backgrounds.

Upon gaining his status in the country Shaygan was able to sign up to the MFC Foundation traineeships programme. As part of his as well as gaining a number of qualifications based around football such as Sports Leader, First Aid and Safeguarding he also completed 100hrs work experience. The work experience involved him getting knowledge of a number of different programmes the Foundation deliver across the Tees Valley area.

His journey continued when he gained employment with the organisation. After completing his traineeship, he was successful in getting a 20hr a week contract as a Business Support Worker. This involved him being part of the day to day running of the MFC Foundation Herlingshaw Centre as well as assisting on many of the different programmes the Foundation delivers.

Shaygan’s next calling has taken him to London and occasional work with Amnesty UK and Fulham. But he never forgets where his new life started.