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.

Nice outfit Graham and at the end with his proud family and friends!
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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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National Award for Street Elite Young Achiever

The Change Foundation are delighted to announce that Street Elite (supported by The Berkeley Foundation) participant, Yasar Ugar, has been rewarded with national recognition by winning The Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme Award for ‘Construction Delivery’ in his role as Trainee Site Manager for Berkeley Homes in London.

The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme is an opportunity for exceptional young professionals in the construction industry to be commended and celebrated for their achievements. The winners and nominees for the Award are young people who have not only achieved excellence in their careers so far, but who have had to overcome barriers and challenges to get to where they are.

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While at college Yasar found himself becoming depressed and fell into gangs.  His confidence was at an all time low until his teacher recommended he become involved with Street Elite.  Through the programme, Yasar found an employment opportunity with Berkeley Homes.  He has been able to learn a great deal on the job and courses his employer sends him on. He is extremely proud to have turned his life around.  In his role he has had the opportunity to work with and advise has a young person interested in construction, and looks to be a role model for young people who come from difficult backgrounds who want to get in the industry.

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Yasar was also nominated as The Change Foundation’s recent #IAmChange young person of the month.

England Success for Hit The Top graduates

The Change Foundation are extremely proud to see two participants, Jon Gayle and Tayler Young from our Hit The Top programme doing well and helping England beat Australia in Australia!

Our Hit The Top, is one of the major programmes at The Change Foundation and is seen as the flagship for all of our work. It’s a disability programme with a difference which touches and affects the lives of so many of our young people and staff alike.

The aim of Hit The Top is to have a positive long term impact on the lives of young people with a physical, visual or learning disability by giving them independence, confidence and new friendships through sport.

Both Jonathan Gale and Tayler Young (who also play for Surrey) produced outstanding performances for the England learning disability side today as they beat Australia by 149 runs. The victory means England have secured the series 4-1 with one more game to play.

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Gale (pictured above) made 52 from 63 deliveries including six boundaries. Young then ripped through the Australian batting order with 4-24 as the hosts were all out for 89.

Gale commented: “I couldn’t ask for a better day. It was a great team performance and it was brilliant to bat with Chris (England’s Captain and opening bat) today .We have been opening for about the last 2 years so it is nice to trust each other. We enjoy building these partnerships and it was a great feeling.’

Speaking after the game Young said:” It was a bit difficult in the conditions but I coped with that so I’m happy I bowled well. Today was a great team performance and tomorrow is another game that we want to win to make it 5-1 in the series”.

Chris Gayle Academy lads get chance of a life time!

Whilst the England cricket team have been battling away in the Cricket World Cup Down Under, two of the Chris Gayle Academy London players, Vishaal and Prithvi, have also been in Australia playing club cricket in Western Australia for Curtin Victoria Park Redbacks. The lads have been working hard on their game and developing their coaching skills by helping to coach the clubs junior section.

Prior to the CwC15 Group B game against India at the WACA, Vishaal and Prithvi were invited by Chris Gayle to take part in training with the WI squad.

Prithvi, a promising leg spinner said, ‘It was an incredible experience and something that I will never forget. It was a real honour and has certainly motivated me to win even harder at my game’.

Vishaal, a fine Wicket-keeper batsman, revealed, ‘It was brilliant, I think I have passed on some of my wisdom to the Windies batsman! Watch out Johnson and Starc! Haha!’

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The lads return home soon and will take up a mentoring role within the London based Chris Gayle Academy which is currently training hard at the Peter May Centre in East London.

 

A Sporting Chance leads to the London Marathon

The Change Foundation is extremely grateful to Graham Evans who will be running the London Marathon on 26th April 2015 to help raise funds for our work.

This is Graham’s story and why he is raising 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 adition 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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Celebration time with the ‘Gayle Force’

The Change Foundation would like to join in the celebrations and congratulate Chris Gayle on his fantastic record breaking and setting performance at the Cricket World Cup in Canberra today (24th Feb. 2015).

Chris’s brilliant work on the pitch can also be seen through his work off it with The Chris Gayle Academy programmes in Jamaica and London.  The Change Foundation work in London and Jamaica and in partnership with The Chris Gayle Foundation to help unlock the potential of talented young cricketers from disadvantaged backgrounds to become role models in their local communities.

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A tribute to Graeme Porteous

It was with enormous sadness that we heard the news of the death of our great friend, Graeme Porteous.   Graeme died in an avalanche whilst skiing with his friends.

Graeme played a central role in the development of our Rugby for Change partnership with the Dallaglio Foundation and through this role became our friend.

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We all knew that Graeme was a very successful businessman but he also had a natural empathy and respect for the work our team were doing with some of our most at risk and vulnerable young people.

He never said, ‘I know best’, although he probably did, but instead always tried to help us all be as good as we could be.

We left our meetings with him with a spring in our step and a smile on our faces but we also left them a little wiser and a little more focused.

We are truly shocked that we won’t be seeing Graeme again and our charity is much the poorer for his passing.

In his heart he wanted to help children and young people fulfil their potential and he thought using rugby as the vehicle to achieve this was a great way to do it.

Our sadness will now be channelled into making our Rugby for Change programme the best it can be and this programme will now be run in Graeme’s memory and as part of his rugby legacy.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family & friends at this time.
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The Porteous family have set up a donation page in Graeme’s memory for people to support a cause he was truly dedictaed to. Should you wish to donate please follow this link

Street Elite Reprezent(ed) on Radio

Two of our Development Coaches, Alex Bassan and Henry Glynn, were this week invited onto Reprezent 107.3 FM (Voice of Young London) and the lunchtime show with Shahlaa to talk about the opportunities available to young people on our Street Elite programme.

To listen & find out what they spoke about just follow this link-bit.ly/16kea5P 

The employment initiative Street Elite works with young men and women aged between 16-24 that are not in education, employment or training (NEET). The programme uses sport and youth work to improve employment.

 

A new name but still changing young lives – #IAmChange

The Change Foundation will be ‘officially’ launched on Wednesday 21st January at Norton Rose’s offices, Riverside, London.

For more than three decades, a UK based sports charity has been changing young lives through the power of sport. The charity originally using cricket with which to engage hard to reach young people now work through a wider range of sports and dance which has led to re-launching itself under the new name of ‘The Change Foundation’.

The charity first began life in 1981 by developing pioneering projects aimed at getting unemployed and directionless young people to train as cricket coaches. Over recent years the charity’s development team have successfully delivered similarly focused projects through a wider range of multi-sports and dance. Originally set up as The London Community Cricket Association, they then became Cricket for Change in 2008 and have now officially transformed into The Change Foundation.

The re-launch also marks the start of a yearlong social media campaign called #IAmChange where we will be celebrating and rewarding young people who have truly made a change for the better.

Andy Sellins, Chief Executive, said: “We’ve identified some of the hardest to reach young people in the UK and across the world. We’ve empowered and inspired them. We’ve provided them with education and employment. We’ve enabled them to innovate and create. We’ve engaged them through cricket and now we are engaging them through multiple sports and dance.  And in 2015, we’re going to make an even bigger impact than we’ve had before, and we’re doing it under the banner of a new name, The Change Foundation”.

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Join the conversation on Twitter using @ChangeFdn and #IAmChange or on facebook.com/thechangefoundationuk and share how you are changing young peoples’ lives – and don’t forget to ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.

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