The Change Foundation backs Youth Employment Charter

The Change Foundation has signed up to Youth Employment UK’s ‘Youth Employment Charter’.  Just like the work of The Change Foundation, the charter is built around the core principles of good youth engagement.

Youth Employment UK is the leading campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK. Despite a recent fall in youth unemployment, there is a great symmetry between The Change Foundation and YEUK as both organisations believe in the importance of producing sustained programmes that tackling youth unemployment head on and ones that will have the biggest impact on a growing crisis.

By signing up to the Youth Friendly Charter The Change Foundation will be:

  • Demonstrating our commit to supporting young people
  • Part of a community of organisations sharing best practice in youth engagement and employment programmes

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Corinthian Spirit brings cricket to unusual places!

Phil Tufnell, former England international and Test Match Special pundit is helping Wealdstone Corinthians CC and sports charity, The Change Foundation to launch a fun, unique and somewhat audacious calendar of the grass roots club playing cricket in and amongst iconic landmarks and venues in London & the South East. The quirky calendar shows the fun and dedication the Club and Charity put into creating it.  Highlights include: The London Underground (January); No. 10 Downing Street (April); the famous Abbey Road (November) and SSE Arena Wembley (December).

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Cost per calendar £10 plus £3 Postage and Packaging. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.

For orders of 4 or more email:
fundraising@thechangefoundation.org.uk or call 020 8 669 2177
to place your order
(NB – Payment taken for any calendar is acknowledged as The Change Foundation acting as agent for ‘4 Change Enterprises Ltd’ – a wholly owned subsidiary of The Change Foundation charity) 

INSPIRATIONAL LIFE – The Club were inspired by the life and cricket career of one of their players, Mike Matthews, who passed away in 2014 after a long battle with cancer.  They wanted to do something positive in Mike’s memory that would resonate with the values and especially the sense of humour of their friend.  The Club also wanted to give something back to the game, and found The Change Foundation who also have a track record of playing cricket in very unusual places around the world.

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Phil Tufnell, Ambassador for The Change Foundation says, “This is brilliant and just shows cricket can be played anywhere! It’ll make a great present for any cricket lover and help support the work the charity does in changing the lives of at risk and marginalised young people”.

Malcolm Turness from Wealdstone Corinthians says, “Despite the calendar’s important fund raising potential, it is first and foremost and memorial to our friend Mike Matthews.  It is a way of giving something back for the many days and years of enjoyment the game has given us.  We are delighted that the proceeds give young disadvantaged people the chance to decide their own lives and futures through the work of The Change Foundation.”

Andy Sellins, CEO of The Change Foundation adds, “We were delighted to have been chosen by  Wealdstone CCC to work on the calendar together. The way in which we use cricket to engage with young people and the tribute to WCCC’s colleague, Mike, is most definitely reflected in the look and feel of the calendar. And it was great fun to produce.”

Both WCCC and The Change Foundation agree that purchasing the calendar will help provide new opportunities for young people in the UK and throughout the world that will positively direct their lives to enjoy and value the friendship, generosity, and support that many enjoy through cricket.

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Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica – Successful first year

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The Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica has had a successful first year with 20 young men receiving the necessary skills and training to enter the cricketing world and make a positive impact in their respective communities.

 In celebration of this extraordinary achievement, the international West Indian cricketer, through his charity arm, The Chris Gayle Foundation will host the official graduation exercise and fundraising dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m.

The evening’s proceedings will also include a special auction of iconic memorabilia from past and present West Indian cricketers such as Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Michael Holding, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle.

Gayle lauded the efforts of the participants in the programme as well as the management and technical teams for the pivotal role they have played in bringing to reality this vision of developing the sport of cricket in Jamaica at the youth level. He emphasized that, “it is an overwhelming feeling to see a passion and a vision that I hold very close to my heart come to life. I am extremely proud of the dedication of the young men who participated and the tenacity and hard work of the coaching and technical teams who supported them in making our first year a resounding success. This represents a new era for the development of cricket in Jamaica and I anticipate that as we enter our second year, we will be able to accept more persons into the programme and make an even stronger impact”.

Through the assistance of The Change Foundation, The Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica has been able to take a great leap in providing technical training for the youngsters in addition to personal development and interpersonal skills development.

However, Chris Gayle admits that more can be done with additional support. “I believe that with more support the talent of youngsters who may be challenged because of socio-economic factors but have a passion for playing cricket can be unearthed as they benefit from training programmes such as the one offered by the Academy.  It is for that reason we have decided to host a graduation paired with a fundraising dinner and auction, where we hope to raise additional funds to pump into the programme.”

Chris Gayle is encouraging Jamaicans from all spheres of life to bat for this worthwhile cause and help him to transform the sport and assist many youngsters to learn the game of cricket as well as life skills.

Sadness at loss of ‘A Legend’ who led the way

It is with great sadness that The Change Foundation has been informed of the passing of a great friend, David Townley, this week.

David, also known as ‘DT’, was a great friend and supporter of The Change Foundation’s work and most specifically our work with blind and visually impaired young people.  David became known to the charity when he played for the England Blind Cricket team, originally coached by Andy Sellins, now CEO of The Change Foundation.  Not only was David totally committed to playing cricket but also developing it to the benefit of others.

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We were thrilled to include David in the ‘Cricket4Change Pirates’ teams that travelled to Barbados in 2008, Jamaica in 2010 and then again Barbados in 2013, the latter being where David was a coach and role model inspiring the visually impaired young people.

David showed the young people how, despite being blind there was still much to be achieved in life.  There are few who had the stories that David had to share reflecting his rich and full life.  David had humility, calmness, humour and an interest in others that will leave a hole in the lives of those who knew him.

As it was said on a number of occasions by the young people on our tours with David, “DT is a legend”

All at The change Foundation would like to pass on their sincere condolences to David’s friends, family and loved ones.

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At The Palace with Queen’s Young Leaders

Andy Dalby-Welsh, The Change Foundation’s Director of Operations and Partnerships, had the honour of meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a recent reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception was  Queen’s Young Leaders Programme discovers, celebrates and supports exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth, leaving a lasting legacy for Her Majesty the Queen.

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“It was a great honour and privilege to have met Her Majesty. It is also very exciting for The Change Foundation to be one of only two UK sport for development organisations amongst the many youth orientated organisations that are part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme. For the charity’s staff and the positive changes they make in many young people’s lives to be recognised at such a high level is very pleasing.”

A Sporting Visit
The reception was followed later in the week by a visit to John Chilton School in Ealing by a number of the Young Leaders from around the Commonwealth who had the chance to participate in a Disability Cricket session. The cricket session was hosted by The Change Foundation and gave the young leaders a chance to see the great work of the charity’s staff and how sport can inclusively engage and positively develop all young people.

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Chris Gayle Academy join cricket stars from around the world

While Essex County Cricket Ground prepared for an IPL style festival ahead of a Benefit match involving England and Essex star, Ravi Bopara and his All Stars, the Chris Gayle Academy London were ready to play East London Cricket Club. In the build up to a night that would welcome stars such as Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and England captain Alastair Cook, the Chris Gayle Academy set the atmosphere of the day by participating in cricket leadership training, playing a competitive match and coaching young school children from the local area.

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The day began with the academy developing the values of the Chris Gayle Academy while representing Chris Gayle’s big six:

  1. Making good choices
  2. Understanding consequences and actions
  3. Working hard
  4. Setting goals
  5. Looking after yourself
  6. Respecting others

The academy shared their experiences of the ‘big six’ and went on to develop their own dressing room ‘code’ to aim to be as successful as they can be as a group. With this in mind they went on to warm up for a 10 over a side match against East London Cricket Club which they went on to win. There were great performances all round with the team demonstrating what hard work and determination can achieve when you have only been together as group for a few months.

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The academy team were able to then watch Chris Gayle play in a celebratory All Stars game for Ravi Bopara’s Benefit match. The unique atmosphere around the ground provided the academy players with a unique experience, one that will inspire them to continue to reach their potential through cricket.

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Taking the world by Generation STORM

With some inspiring words and wisdom from England Women Boxers, Stacey Copeland and Rachel Bower and support from the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, The Change Foundation successfully launched ‘GenerationSTORM’, a new women and girls mentoring programme at the Houses of Parliament (17th June).

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New Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, said, “Initiatives like GenerationSTORM that put mentors in place as support (for young women) is incredibly important and from what I have seen here today they will go on and inspire a future generation”.

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It was however the words of advice and wisdom from two mentors and champions of women’s sport, England boxers Stacey Copeland and Rachel Bower that really struck accord with those at the launch. Stacey (Copeland) who said, “It is a privilege to be involved with GenerationSTORM, as it is a programme that really connects with me”.

Both Stacey and Rachel were asked what advice they would give to young women starting out. Rachel said, “I would say, you can be anything that you want to be, there are no limits”. Stacey had two things to pass on, “First, have true belief as you deserve to be there, and second, always leave a positive impact on other people”.

The charity’s local MP, Tom Brake was also at the launch in support said, “I am very pleased to be able to support the launch of this mentoring programme in the House of Commons. The positive impact that the mentors will have on the young women involved in helping them develop and perhaps take up new skills, new opportunities that they thought they could never do, will I am sure make it a great success”.

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Navjeet Sira, Head of Programmes and Impact at The Change Foundation notes; “What a fantastic evening and launch. I have been overwhelmed with the number of women approaching me about mentoring on the programme. Clearly there is a huge desire for experience exchange to benefit young women who may not have any positive role models.’

What is GenerationSTORM?
The programme, using mentoring, and fitness and well-being workshops, ‘Generation STORM’ will provide female care leavers aged 16 – 24, with a range of skills that challenge and inspire them to think positively about their future. Each person will work with their mentors, who will be from Amnesty International, Santander Global Banking and lobbying group, Women in Sport to create and implement personal development plans which will aim to support the young women through transitions into work or training.

The young women are then paired with emerging successful women from a range of backgrounds, professions and experiences as their mentors. The two groups from two generations will formulate a ‘Special Team of Role Models’ (STORM). They develop lasting relationships to create a mentoring culture which continually promotes self-worth and personal development to other disadvantaged women and girls in their communities.

Activities within Generation STORM include:

  • Weekly sessions fitness and well-being sessions combined with personal development
  • Skills workshops every month including; positive self-image, DIY skills, bike and car maintenance, etiquette session, diet and health, budgeting, women and politics and work ready skills.
  • 10 mentoring sessions with assigned mentor.
  • A graduation celebration.

Generation STORM reinforces the messages of campaigns such as #ThisGirlCan, #Play& Sway and #WomenInSportWeek, that women all over the world can ‘do what they do and let nothing (not even sweat) stand in their way.’

To find out more about #GenerationSTORM click here or use the contacts below to find out how to become a Mentor.

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If you would like to join the programme or refer young people contact:
Lisa Cole – Women and Girls Development Coach
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If you would like to become a mentor contact:
Navjeet Sira – Head of Programmes & Impact
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Summer Street Elite Festivals

Street Elite today delivered the first of 5 various multi-sport community festivals across London. The first event took place at Westway Sports on a cracking summers day. Over all the festivals there will be hundreds of children from local schools enrolling on and attending the events at The Westway, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Ealing and Southwark.  It seems that ‘American Football’ was a big hit at WestWay!

Last years events were a great success and drew the attention of the legendary Ian Wright and leading governent officials. Details of this years events are as follows:

Tower Hamlets Festival: Stepney Green Park – with the legend that is Ian Wright!
10am – 2pm, Thursday 11 June

Wandsworth Festival: Roehampton University
10am – 2pm, Thursday 18 June

Ealing Festival: London Tigers Sports Complex
10am – 2pm, Thursday 2 July

Southwark Festival: Burgess Park – with amazing athlete Colin Jackson!
10am – 2pm, Thursday 9 July

Here’s what they got up to last year!

A Marathon Achievement

The Change Foundation would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Graham Evans for his magnificent efforts in the 2015 London Marathon!  All his training (of mind and body) paid off and he ran his heart out to complete this fantastic achievement.  Graham’s efforts have helped raise over £2.5K for the work of the charity!

Everyone involved with the charity are extremely grateful to Graham and all those who donated which not only helped spur Graham on but also supports the charity to continue its work in helping change young people’s lives through sport and dance.

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If you still wish to donate then here’s Graham’s story and why he raised funds for us:

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This fantastic charity enables young disadvantaged children opportunities to channel negative experiences into positive outcomes. The activities encourage teamwork, positive role modelling and offer opportunities to create lifelong friendships.

My interest in the charity began 4 years ago. My son Tom, who is visually impaired has been unable to partake in sport at his mainstream school, denying him an opportunity to experience and develop so many of the positive skills associated with sport such as: teambuilding, independence, commitment and confidence. Tom was introduced to this charity, which offers access to sport and activities for blind and visually impaired children. Since then he has developed skills which have improved his confidence and independence. In addition to this he has forged friendships and now plays cricket for his county.

I have chosen to run the London marathon to show my appreciation for this incredible charity. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Please click on the logo below to make a donation towards Graham’s fantastic efforts:

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