Goal Setting with Girls Win

Goal Setting with Girls Win

 

In February, all of our Girls Win clubs took part in short-term goal setting workshops. This is the first stage in empowering young women with a disability to think more positively about their future. Goal setting is a huge part of the Girls Win programme, developing prospects for the future from short, through medium, and to long-term goals. With support from some volunteers from our sponsors Investec, in this early stage the young women set achievable goals for the next day, the next week and 2 weeks’ time. The workshops were a great introduction to goal setting for the groups and the Investec volunteers added great value and experience. Bring on the next set of workshops in April.

In addition to this, the Girls Win group in Sutton took part in an evening of filming with Parasport. Parasport is an inclusive activity finder website launched by Paralympics GB.  Their ambition is to create the UK’s biggest fun and vibrant community for players, parents and coaches to share their experiences of para sport, and find useful hints, tips and information on what’s happening near you. This includes in depth listings and all the information you need to connect to local inclusive opportunities. They awarded Girls Win, club of the month and have released the video and an editorial on Girls Win for the month of February. The young women who attended on the night so were so happy and excited. They were very confident and positive towards the Parasport team and did themselves proud! Check out the film here.

For more information about Girls Win, please contact Maddy Ford.

12 Rounds Gearing Up!

February has been a fantastic month for the boxing at The Change Foundation. Our Boxing for Change pilot has been a huge success and we have been busy using the learning to develop a new programme,

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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

 

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