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.

 

 


MFC Foundation Chosen As One Of Barclays’ UK Charity Partners And Receives A Six-Figure Donation

MIDDLESBROUGH FC FOUNDATION are delighted to be one of Barclays’ UK charity partners, chosen for the meaningful work we are doing with Tees Valley Community.

In April, Barclays announced a £100m Community Aid Package to support charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by COVID-19. Alongside a colleague-matched fundraising initiative and the £10m pledged through their 100×100 Programme, Barclays is donating funds to charity partners across the UK, Americas, Asia and Europe to ensure help reaches those who need it most.

The donation to MFC Foundation is £100,000, money which will be used to fund the continuation of its work of distributing food parcels to those who need it most at this time. Working with the Food Poverty Partnership, the Foundation will also ensure that the funds are used to enhance sustainable food options in Tees Valley for the foreseeable future, ensuring that there are accessible and affordable options available for local people.

Helena Bowman, Head of MFC Foundation, the oldest professional football club charity in the country, (this year we’re celebrating our 25th year), said: “This is a significant investment for MFC Foundation and will make a huge difference to individuals in our community who, unfortunately, are in a position where they require support with food. We will ensure that this funding is used to sustain a long-term impact and we would like to thank Barclays for their generosity.”

Barclays chosen partners in the UK include those who are meeting the immediate needs of low-income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people, NHS staff and key workers.

Judith Richardson, Barclays Relationship Director, said: “This crisis has had an unprecedented impact across the UK and we know this is an incredibly challenging time for many in the Teesside region. By reaching those most in need of support, local charities, such as Middlesbrough FC Foundation have played a vital role in this crisis to date, and no doubt they will do going forward.

“As a proud member of our community, we are doing everything we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that our partnership with Middlesbrough FC Foundation will allow many others to access the help they need as this crisis develops.”