Job Alert! Walking Cricket Coach

Walking Cricket Coach

The Change Foundation

One session a week

£50 per session includes set up, delivery and mixing with group afterwards. Contracted on self- employed basis

The Change Foundation, a charity that uses sport and dance to change the lives of young people is looking for an experienced cricket coach to run a new weekly walking cricket session for over 55’s men and women. The session will be run at The Cricket Centre in Plough Lane, Wallington Surrey SM6 8JQ where we have good indoor and outdoor facilities. We already run a successful weekly walking football session and are looking to build on this by introducing a new sport.

Walking cricket is a slower version of cricket that uses a softer ball and where players can’t run.

The coach will plan and lead a 1.5 hour session with fun warm up exercises and games to build fitness and cricket skills and communication in the group. An important aspect of the sessions is the friendship and socialising therefore it is essential that the coach always stays afterwards for a chat and a cup of tea with the group.

We are looking for an experienced, qualified cricket coach who would enjoy the challenge of working with a new version of cricket and with an older group.

We are looking to start sessions during the day in March. The day and time are to be agreed.

If you are interested in applying please send your cv and a covering letter to office@thechangefoundation.org.uk asap and at the latest by 28 th February 2018.

You can read more about The Change Foundation on our web site www.thechangefoundation.org.uk

Job Alert – Dance 4 Change Dance Mentor

Job Description

Post: Dance 4 Change Dance Mentor

Salary: £25,000 per annum (pro rata)

Working hours/Contract: Part time 16 hours a week

Holiday: Pro rata to 25 days pa

Pension: Group Personal pension 6% employers contribution

Reporting to: The Change Foundation Senior Manager

Role purpose:

To support the work of The Change Foundation, an innovative award winning charity improving the lives of marginalised, young people in London, the UK and across the world using the power of sport and dance.

The Change Foundation is looking for an ambitious Dance Mentor who has the drive and passion to develop programmes targeting women and girls with specific experience in using dance as a tool for development. The applicant must have experience in delivering and developing dance programmes

Key responsibilities:

  • To co-ordinate The Change Foundation’s Dance 4 Change programme.
  • To deliver The Change Foundation’s Dance 4 Change programme using a variety of genres of dance, with the ability to choreographer dance routines for performances.
  • To mentor the young people participating on the Dance 4 Change programme.
  • To collect monitoring information for the Dance 4 Change programme.
  • To recruit young people for the Dance 4 Change programme by building links with referral agencies.

The person:

Skills:

Essential:

  • Thorough knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable young women and girls
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering dance for development programmes
  • Ability to develop and manage programmes
  • Ability to design and deliver innovative sessions for vulnerable women and girls dance
  • Knowledge and experience of mentoring young women and girls
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Qualifications in dance
  • Good level of IT literacy and excellent working knowledge of using PCs/mobile, the internet and other digital technologies/platforms

Desirable:

  • Experience of managing people
  • Knowledge of the dance for development sector
  • An innovative approach to delivering dance sessions

Motivation:

  • Belief in the power of dance to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people
  • Passionate and committed to providing more opportunities for vulnerable young women and girls to help them fulfil their potential
  • Desire to make a change in the lives of disadvantaged young people
  • Willingness to think innovatively and try new ideas to help young people reach their potential

Fit:

  • You feel comfortable working in a dynamic and active team
  • A self-starter full of energy and enthusiasm
  • A strong belief and commitment to equal opportunities and social inclusion
  • Willing to work both from home/remote base and our main office, as agreed
  • To adhere to policies and procedures
  • To respect the wider work of the charity
  • To undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Undertaking any other duties as may be required within the scope of the role

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list but to indicate the main responsibilities of the post. It will be reviewed periodically to take into account changes and developments in the charity.

What is The Change Foundation?

The Change Foundation is an award winning UK based charity that uses sport and dance to create transformational change in young people. We have been delivering and designing sport for development initiatives for 35 years across 30 different countries. Our three key services are:

  • We deliver targeted programmes in London for the most vulnerable people using coach mentors with lived experience.
  • We train sport for development organisations with new skills to deliver sustainable social change.
  • We co-design bespoke programmes with charities and corporate partners that demonstrate a high return on their investment.

What is unique about The Change Foundation?

  • The Change Foundation programmes are designed and delivered by graduates of our programmes who empower other young people through lived experience.
  • The Change Foundation only delivers targeted interventions for the most hard to reach young people such as; young refugees, ex-offenders, care leavers, disabled people and gang members.
  • The Change Foundation has delivered sport for development projects in 30 countries around the world.

For more information about the work of The Change Foundation please visit our website, www.thechangefoundation.org.uk

To apply please provide:

  • CV
  • Covering letter (of no more than two sides of A4) demonstrating how your; experience, skills and motivations meet the role profile.

We can only make the decision to interview you based on the information you give us, so it is vital that you provide us with sufficient detail of your capabilities. Please give specific examples to help us understand the depth and variety of your experience.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th December 2017. You will be notified as soon as possible after that date if you have been short-listed for interview. Interviews will take place on Friday 15 December 2017.

Please send your CV and covering letter to office@thechangefoundation.org.uk

For any queries please contact Claire Tracey on 020 8669 2177.

Disability Charity Fun Day

In collaboration with Anna Kennedy Online– join us for a Disability Charity Fun Day being held on Sunday 8th October!

This is a Fun Day Open To All Children & Adults With A Disability Or Special Needs, their family, friends and carers!

FREE Sports activities including Cricket, Football and more!!

Food Stalls, Stalls, Refreshments, Competitions, Raffle, Activities, Games, Indoor facilities – fun for everyone!!

ENTRANCE ONLY £2 PER ADULT, KIDS FREE!!!

Venue: The Cricket for Change Cricket Centre, Plough Lane, Wallington, London SM6 8JQ

For more information, please contact, Ryan Jones at ryanjones@thechangefoundation.org.uk

Martin Gill cycles across Europe to help change young lives

During July and August 2017, cycling hero, Martin Gill conquered an incredible fundraising challenge for The Change Foundation, raising over £45,000 and helping us expand our life changing work with some of the UK’s most marginalised and at risk young people. Martin cycled 6,175km across Europe from its northern tip at Nordkapp in Norway to its southern tip at Tarifa in Spain, sometimes riding over 300 km in a day, often in blistering heat as he worked his way south.

Martin’s aim is to help provide pathways for young people to succeed and feels The Change Foundation’s programmes using sport and dance provide all of the skills necessary to get our young people on the path to a happy and successful life.

Martin has said following the ride: “I knew this was going to be a tough challenge both mentally and physically but the combination of 32 days on the road and the weather conditions pushed me to my limits. Without the help of the support team (my wife Julie!) I would not have made it through to the end in Tarifa. The funds raised I know will be well used by the charity and I hope my journey might also provide some inspiration to others to follow their dreams and push themselves to new levels of achievement.

Change Foundation CEO, Andy Sellins, said, ‘I felt very privileged to welcome Martin over the finish line in Tarifa. He’s a very modest and unassuming hero to us and the way he just gets on with the hard graft with no fuss and a can-do attitude is a life lesson for all of us. Martin is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met and I’m very proud to be able to call him my friend.’

Martin’s ride was supported by a corporate sponsor, Trinity Fire and Security Systems, who provided significant financial contributions and some employees of which joined Martin for the section of the ride in France.

Martin and his wife Julie held a fundraising dinner at AFC Wimbledon Football Club on Saturday 10th June with an evening of food, music and dancing. The evening included a live and silent auction as well as a raffle. It was a great evening raising over £6,000 towards Martin’s fundraising total.

They have also had great support from the wonderful Susan Cusack and her SW19 Velo Cycling Group who were a huge support with the fundraising dinner and in addition had a group of 14 cyclists complete a 300km cycle ride from Wimbledon to Devon in a day supporting Martin as he trained for his cross Europe challenge.

If you would like to support Martin and The Change Foundation in its transformational work please go to Martin’s Just Giving page at:

http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martinsride4change

 

Series Success for UK Blind Rugby team on world stage at the Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017

Series leading points scorer (46) Jake Walker on the charge

 

In the first-ever international series of blind rugby, the touring party return home victorious with a 3 – 0 series win against the blind and visually impaired New Zealand team. Unlike the Lions tour there were no expectations of how the series would go due to the infancy of the game but like the Lions the tourists roared to success.

The first test took place at the QBE Stadium, North Shore with a great crowd including five Lions players; Dan Biggar, George Kruis, Peter O’Mahony, Justin Tipuric and Iain Henderson. The tourists had a strong start but went down to six players with no replacement after the first half. The defence stayed strong not letting any New Zealanders put a score on the board. The touch game based around the Rugby 7’s format saw both teams approach it with no fear but the UK blind and visually impaired team were victorious with a 31 – 0 win.

Welsh international and British and Irish Lion, Dan Biggar said:

“It’s an honour to be here on this historic occasion. The lads have done a great job with a huge win in the first-ever international game. It had everything a rugby match should; passion, fierce rivalry, great tries and some incredible kicking which was amazing to see.”

UK Blind Rugby team and coaches prior to the first test at QBE stadium

 

The UK blind and visually impaired team played the second and third tests with six men against seven with reduced time for each half as agreed with the New Zealand blind and visually impaired team. But the unity and excellent communication of the team saw them win the remaining two matches and they made history winning the first international blind rugby series.

Top points scorer Jake Walker, scoring 46 of the UK blind and visually impaired teams points said:

“I’m buzzing to have scored a hat trick on debut! 3 – 0 whitewash is just incredible. This is the best experience of my life with a talented group of players, all with different sight impairments. But we came together and understood how to use our sight as a team. Thank you The Change Foundation for a life changing experience.”

Jake became blind in his right eye eight years-ago after being attacked by a group of young men after a New Year’s Eve party. It was confirmed after the attack that he would never regain his sight.

Blind Sport New Zealand launched the tour with a ‘dine in the dark’ dinner experience for all players, supporters and staff. Dan Shepherd of Blind Sport New Zealand said:

“This is an exciting day for rugby and an exciting day for blind and low vision sport internationally. Today the group of players in this room launch blind rugby and make rugby accessible to a new community worldwide. At the first test, six year old Isiah will run out the ball, he is visually impaired. He attended the first blind rugby training session in New Zealand a few months ago but couldn’t play with the adults. But he left with a dream; he could one day become a blind All Black, he could one day stand in the haka and one day could wear the captain’s armband.”

The Change Foundation launched the new blind sport ahead of the third test of the Lions Tour of New Zealand. A team of blind and visually impaired players from the UK travelled to Auckland on 2 July to play the three match series against a blind and visually impaired New Zealand team with the aim of launching a new blind sport and raising awareness of the diversity and inclusivity agenda of rugby today.

Over the last 18 months UK charity The Change Foundation has been piloting the game with two youth and adult clubs in London, developing the rules, equipment and players to create a game based around the Rugby 7’s touch format. This allows the game to be safe and accessible. The game-play takes into consideration a wide range of sight conditions whilst maintaining the fundamental codes, laws and spectacle of rugby to both the players and spectators. The charity has also developed a ball that makes a sound when travelling in the hand and when in the air. Filled with ball bearings this generates the noise to help the players hear the ball when it’s moving. Whilst players are able to keep track of the location of the ball due to its sound, one of the key aims for coaches involved is to ensure there is a well-developed verbal communication system amongst players. This will allow them to fulfil their potential as players and perform at the highest possible standard.

What’s next for blind rugby?

After the tour, Andy Sellins CEO of The Change Foundation said:

“This is another step for the world of rugby, welcoming a new group to the family. The success of this series is just the start. The main plan will be to have the first blind rugby world cup four years after Japan. But we don’t underestimate the social impact; it will enable us to create much more awareness of the skills of the visually impaired community and change perceptions.”

After the Lions Tour of New Zealand, The Change Foundation will focus on developing the game in the UK working with Premiership and Championship clubs such Wasps, Harlequins, Bristol and Leicester Tigers. Alongside this the charity will be raising awareness of the game by delivering:

  • A blind rugby demonstration during the Six Nations tournament in 2018
  • A blind rugby demonstration at the World Rugby 7’s in San Francisco in 2018
  • A blind rugby conference and demonstration at the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019
  • A blind rugby Six Nations in 2019

Thank you to our sponsors QBE, Greater London Fund for the Blind, the Blind Foundation New Zealand, Packaworld and Canterbury.

Series facts:

6 July 2017:

First blind rugby test at the QBE Stadium, North Shore, Auckland

Score: 31 – 0 to UK Blind team

8 July 2017:

Second blind rugby test at Grammar TEC Rugby Club, Auckland

Score: 17 – 7 to UK Blind team

9 July 2017:

Third blind rugby test at Grammar TEC Rugby Club, Auckland

Score: 28 – 5 to UK Blind team

Guard of honour for the test winners after their 3-0 series win

 

For more information contact Si Ledwith, Head of Programmes on siledwith@thechangefoundation.org.uk.

 

Netball 4 Change

Netball 4 Change is a 10-week course that uses the rules of netball to confront social and emotional issues faced by vulnerable adolescent girls and young women. 

Netball 4 Change addresses issues such as body image, social media awareness, conflict resolution, freedom of choice and peers vs gangs. The aim of the course is to raise awareness of the issues, to use netball to understand them and to provide a safe and open environment to help the group develop their knowledge of the issues, leaving them ready to make better decisions.

The course is designed to be flexible and adaptable for any group of young women (UK and internationally) so they can use the Netball 4 Change course to help address social issues suffered by women and girls in their communities.

Supported by Laureus, Netball 4 Change is currently working in deprived areas of Newcastle, working with young people suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness and identity crisis.

Team Habana – Train to lead, lead to change

Team Habana 2017 

The Change Foundation’s newest programme Team Habana develops the next generation of young leaders through the values of rugby, using the philosophies of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok legend Bryan Habana.

70% of the Team Habana leaders are young women who have become role models for 100’s of children in their communities, breaking down stereotypes of women in leadership positions in sport.

Team Habana increases young people’s confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours for them to fully discover their leadership potential. This provides them with the tools to ‘give back’ 100 hours of volunteering in their communities by delivering or implementing their own leadership ideas.

Where?

Team Habana has two cohorts of 10 young leaders in London and Cape Town.

Who?

Young people aged 16-21 from disadvantaged communities.

What?

Team Habana leaders are given group leadership training, one to one project development support, mentoring and take part in a leadership residential retreat. 

“I am a level one coach and currently play for the Brentford Ladies first team and have had the opportunity to be involved in lots of community football projects. Through this programme and being exposed to rugby I have been inspired to help get other kids from my community involved in sport and do positive things in their communities. I believe Team Habana can prepare me for a leadership role such as this. If one person can make a difference, imagine what a group of us could achieve.”

Sarah, age 17, first Team Habana recruit

Team Habana London – Year one report – November 2017

 

Martin Gill Fundraises for The Change Foundation

During July and August 2017, Martin Gill will be taking on an incredible fundraising challenge for the charity to help us continue our life changing work with young people. Martin was introduced to the charity by Chris Langridge-Smith from Fit8, a sport rehabilitation and fitness gym, where Martin is a member. Martin will be cycling 6,447km across Europe from Nordkapp in Norway to Tarifa in Spain to raise money for our life changing work.

Martin has said “As an individual and as a family we are always looking for ways to provide pathways for others to succeed. Every few years I have always tried to take on a new challenge that can push you to new levels. Linking this as a platform to raise funds for deserving charities has always been a key part of this. The challenges have so far been achieved but this time for me and the support crew I am concerned I might have pushed to boundaries too far! Sport and Dance provide a great foundation for young people to develop life skills that can positively impact all aspects of their lives. The Change Foundation and its team develop excellent programmes to those in need and also provide role models for young people to learn from. Awesome work guys!”

The Change Foundation CEO, Andy Sellins said “We are incredibly proud and grateful to Martin for doing this challenge; his efforts will be truly life changing for so many of our young people. I do not know anyone else that would take this on but having got to know Martin, it is clear that he has the strength, commitment and sheer desire to succeed. During his more ‘challenging’ moments on the ride he can perhaps find new reserves of energy from knowing that his efforts will enable our charity to transform the life chances of over 100 of our most vulnerable and at risk young people. Martin is what our team would call a ‘top bloke’ and we are honoured to have him as our friend.”

Martin and his wife Julie are also holding a fundraising dinner at AFC Wimbledon Football Club on Saturday 10th June with an evening of food, music and dancing. The evening will also include live and silent auctions as well as a raffle taking place.

You can support Martin through his Just Giving page and help us to continue changing the lives of marginalised and at-risk young people.

Martin’s Just Giving page