Welcome to our new Women & Girls Development Officer, Tanya Compas

The Change Foundation would like to welcome our new women & girls development officer, Tanya Compas who will be working on our Street Elite and Generation STORM programmes. Prior to working at The Change Foundation, along with completing a degree in Hispanic studies at the University of Kent, Tanya spent the past few years working with young people in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, the USA, and the UK. Tanya is incredibly passionate about women’s empowerment and mentoring the younger generation, and is looking forward to helping lead the women & girls strategy at The Change Foundation.

Tanya will be leading the Street Elite women & girls programme in East London. She has spent the last month networking and meeting with the likes of; YMCA East London, XLP, Hackney Laces and the Spotlight Centre to help recruit young women and girls for the programme. Tanya said “the meetings were incredibly positive, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the Street Elite girls programme”. Tanya will be meeting with some of the potential new recruits for the Street Elite girls cohort in the coming weeks, with the programme starting in January.

Tanya has been making great progress with our Generation STORM programme for young women and girls in care. She has spent the last month designing the programme, ensuring the programme empowers the girls to become more confident, positive, motivated and independent young women through fitness and mentoring. The Generation STORM programme will run in Lambeth, so watch this space!

We are really excited about the upcoming work with young women and girls, the future is looking very bright!


Success at Wine Tasting hosted by the Berkeley Foundation

On Tuesday 18th October, The Berkeley Foundation hosted a very successful Wine Tasting evening at the spectacular Drapers Hall in Central London raising money for the life changing work of The Change Foundation. The Berkeley Foundation invited their partners and colleagues to enjoy a fine wine challenge, a meal and an auction to support the work of The Change Foundation. The evening concluded with a raffle, which was drawn by our President, Phil Tufnell and our CEO, Andy Sellins, as well as a live auction with 16 prizes which included; a Brian O’Driscoll signed Ireland rugby shirt and a place on an oversea development trip with The Change Foundation. The evening raised a phenomenal amount of money equaling to £63,000.


Harry Lewis, Managing Director for Berkeley Home (South East London) and The Change Foundation Trustee said “I am very proud to represent The Change Foundation as a trustee and it was great to host a wine tasting challenge for partners and colleagues from The Berkeley Group, raising money for a very worthy cause. We raised a fantastic amount of money and I know it will go towards changing the lives of many young people.”

Two graduates from our Street Elite programme, which is funded by the Berkeley Foundation, spoke of the impact that The Change Foundation had on their lives. Alfala Syl-Turay said “the Street Elite programme gave me a sense of direction, got me into a routine and has supported me in gaining full-time employment.” Jez Santos said “Henry (Street Elite coach mentor) is amazing; he is available on the phone anytime and believes in me. Top guy he is.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Berkeley Foundation and their guests for being part of a very successful evening and for the generosity shown in support of The Change Foundation.

If you would like to be contacted about our future fundraising events or would like to host a fundraising event, please email andydw@thechangefoundation.org.uk.

Street Elite wins global Beyond Sport Employability and Enterprise Award!

Last night The Change Foundation team celebrated another tremendous achievement for our Street Elite programme at the global Beyond Sport Awards 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Street Elite won the Barclays Sport for Employability and Enterprise Award and were up against two amazing African projects:

•Alive and Kicking (Africa)
•Society Empowerment Project (Kenya)
•Street Elite – Change Foundation and The Berkeley Foundation (UK)

Si Ledwith, The Change Foundation Head of Development and Street Elite programme manager said on receiving the award:

“It’s five years of hard graft working with the most challenging young people in London that are on the edges of gangs and crime. We have to credit the commitment of the coaches on the programme who are available 24/7. These programmes don’t make changes overnight, they take time, determination and resilience. The key is to do what you promise and help one person at a time.”

Street Elite is delivered in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation of the FTSE 100 company the Berkeley Group. Matt Bell, Group Head of External Affairs at the Berkeley Group said:

“Earlier this year Street Elite also won the Third Sector Business Charity Award, this just shows that Street Elite is making an impact in business as well as in the sport for development sector. I’m absolutely thrilled we have won this global award and have been recognised for the important work our team is doing. However, we need more businesses to step up and give these young people an opportunity of employment. A FTSE 100 company working with a charity like The Change Foundation is the future.”

Street Elite is a training for work programme using sport as a vehicle for teaching employability skills to young people involved in gangs and crime. Over a period of 12 months participants are trained in employability skills through sport, they then give back to their community by delivering their own sports sessions on their local estates or youth clubs and then they deliver a sports festival for local schools in their community and showcase their talents to potential employers that are also invited to the event. Following this they are provided with two week work placements and workshops to develop their CV’s and interview skills. Once the young people get to this point they are provided with exit routes some of which include paid employment with Street Elite partners the Berkeley Group.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the programme; coaches, volunteers, funders and partners, but especially the young people who made the choice to make a change.

If you wish to become a partner, supporter, funder or referral agency for young people for the Street Elite programme, please email: siledwith@thechangefoundation.org.uk



The Change Foundation is excited to announce another new vacancy that will help deliver   innovative award winning Street Elite programme that works with young people not in, employment or training who are involved in gangs and crime. We are looking for a and talented person who shares our vision of supporting the most vulnerable young people to their full potential in life. If you want to help change lives through sport, apply now!

The Change Foundation is committed to a positive, friendly and dynamic work culture with lots of unique opportunities and employee benefits.

Please apply now to join us!

TCF Development Officer Job Description – September 2016

Jobs at The Change Foundation

The Change Foundation is excited to announce two new vacancies that will help grow and deliver projects for vulnerable women and girls using sport and dance. We are looking for passionate and talented people who share our vision of supporting the most vulnerable young people to reach their full potential in life.

The Change Foundation is committed to a positive, friendly and dynamic work culture with lots of unique opportunities and employee benefits.

Please apply now to join us!

TCF Women and Girls Officer post – August 2016

TCF Women and Girls Coach post – August 2016 

In it together with ‘We Are Change’

The Change Foundation has teamed up with Muslim Hands to create the very first ‘We Are Change’ campaign.  Since the outbreak of conflict in Syria in 2011 over 2 million children have become refugees. Meanwhile, the 2014 conflict in Gaza killed more than 500 children. ‘We Are Change’ will seek to help these children get back the childhood that was so cruelly taken from them. 

The campaign which is being led by Muslim Hands, will help provide specialised psycho-social support delivered through sporting activities with The Change Foundation being involved in the production and creation of tailor made sporting support activities for children in difficult situations.  Too many of these children have witnessed unimaginable horrors and unprecedented levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression and need immediate psycho-social care.

Anyone interested in getting involved are asked to visit the Muslim Hands We Are Change’ website and see how to get their friends, family members, work mates and neighbours involved and help provide care to vulnerable children.

Fundraisers can choose from 5 sporting activities from running, skipping, bouncing to playing cricket and football.

Together, we can make a difference! 



Street Elite Success with Charity Partnership Award

The Change Foundation & The Berkeley Group have won the ‘Charity Partnership’ Business Award of the year at the 2016 Third Sector Business Charity Awards night for the delivery of the ‘Street Elite’ programme.  Charlie’s story shows why.

Improved decision making………


The award comes under the category of ‘Property & Construction’, and recognises the successful partnership between The Change Foundation and The Berkeley Group (one of the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies) in delivering high impact change & opportunity for the futures of the young people involved.


Street Elite, based in London, is aimed at young people aged 16 – 24 on the edge of gangs and crime through a multi-sport training-for-work programme. In 2015 Street Elite mentored 84 young people, 70% of which are now in employment, education or training. 

The awards were held on the 20th April at the brand new London Hilton Bankside. The Change Foundation would like to congratulate all nominees and eventual award winners from the evening.


A Tribute to ‘AJ’

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Adrian St John, who captained The Chris Gayle Academy London. Known to us fondly as ‘AJ’, Adrian was on holiday in Trinidad when he was the victim of an armed robbery.


‘AJ’ – ‘He just loved to play cricket’
Captain of The Chris Gayle Academy London

AJ was a popular and influential member of the Chris Gayle Academy. He formed part of the UK squad which we took to Jamaica for the launch of the Chris Gayle Academy in Kingston in 2013 and was a key part of the touring party. AJ had such a positive effect on others around him. With that infectious positive energy, he had the ability to make people laugh and smile at will.

As a graduate of Hertfordshire University in History & Philosophy, AJ developed into a very promising cricketer playing at various club sides in Surrey. He will be deeply missed. Our hearts and minds go out to all of Adrian’s family and friends at this terrible time.

A tribute from his team mates

Donovan Miller, Programme Manager for The Chris Gayle Foundation, said: “I’m really finding it hard to come to terms with it, how someone could do something like that to such a lovely person.”

He said Mr St John was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, adding: “He wanted me to support him to go to the Caribbean and to kind of push hard with his cricket.”

The Chris Gayle Foundation aims to “improve access to good-quality education, training and employment for at-risk young people in Jamaica and the UK”.

The cricket academies it runs offer young people a chance to play matches “as a focus for the development of their communication skills, teamwork and collective pride in their achievements”.


Building local partnerships to change young lives

As one of the Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton’s locally nominated charities, the next event event in support of The Change Foundation is a Charity Concert on Saturday 30th April where people will be able to enjoy an evening of music and dance!

(The Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton’s, Cllr Muhammad Sadiq other nominated charity is St. Raphael’s Hospice – Wimbledon, Sutton & Merton).

Charity Concert – Saturday 30th April – Norwood Wind Ensemble with guests North Cheam Academy of Dance at 6.30pm, St Andrews Church, Cheam, Tickets £7.50


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