Please join us for a private screening of the film Desert Dancer in aid of Dance4Change

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Please join us for a private screening of the film Desert Dancer in aid of Dance4Change, part of The Change Foundation.

Venue Details: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, St James, London SW1Y 5AH

Date: Monday 6th February 2017

Time: 7pm-11pm

Desert Dancer (UK15) tells the inspirational, true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risks everything to set up a dance company in Iran, where public dancing is strictly forbidden. Directed by Richard Raymond, starring Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie, and choreographed by Akram Khan, this film is testament to the power of dance and the resilience of human spirit.

We really hope you can support this fundraising event and join us for a drink before and after the screening to learn about the vital work that Dance4Change does to promote positive change in the lives of young women and girls at risk of social isolation, many of whom are transitioning from the care system.

Tickets for the evening are £40 and all net proceeds will go to support the work of Dance4Change. Please use the link below to make payment. NB: Please make payments on a desktop or laptop device.

If you are unable to join us, perhaps you could make a donation to support the Dance4Change programme. Please click on the link below to make a donation.

For more information, please email




Job Alert! Research and Evaluation Paid Internship


The Change Foundation is a forward-thinking and fast paced London based sports charity looking to hire an intern for six months with strong knowledge and understanding of conducting research and evaluation, particularly in the sport for development field. The charity is currently developing its data collection methods and objectives and will soon implement new and innovative ways of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of our programmes. The intern hired for this opportunity will need strong critical thinking skills in order to integrate into our vibrant and passionate team who are very excited to share their knowledge with an intern hoping to gain a great deal of experience in creative research and the sport for development sector.


 Implement a long term tracking system of young people graduating from the charities programmes
 Analyse data from ‘journey travelled tools’
 Contribute to the design of the annual report
 Support the Director of Design and Impact with impact communications


People applying for this internship must have strong analytical and organisational skills. Applicants should also have strong writing skills, as well as a good understanding of conducting research. You must have excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office.


 You will be paid at the rate of £7 per hour for up to 12 hours per week during your 6 months contract. You will also be entitled to the statutory annual leave entitlement.
 Travel expenses will be covered.
 First-hand experience of working in a dynamic global facing charity.
 Annual away trip to European destination.
 Creative and engaging tasks that help change the lives of disadvantaged young people.
 References following successful internship.


To apply please send you CV and a cover letter by Friday 3 February 2017 to:
For more information about the work of The Change Foundation please visit our website,

Fundraiser Pays Fitting Tribute to Graeme “Podge” Porteous


At the end of September 2016, The Change Foundation had its largest and most successful fundraiser to date in memory of a great supporter of The Change Foundation, Graeme Porteous (known as Podge to friends and family) who sadly died in a skiing accident in February 2015. The fundraiser involved a tough bike ride from Edinburgh to London followed by a dinner on Saturday 1st October to celebrate Graeme’s 50th birthday with his friends and family.

The Pedal for Podge cycle ride was a 458 mile bike ride from Edinburgh to London over 5 days between Monday 26th and Friday the 30th September 2016. There were 22 riders who took on the full 5 day ride, with 39 one day riders who either took part in the first day of the ride between Edinburgh and Carlisle or the last day of the ride between Cambridge and London. There was an amazing buzz and great camaraderie around the group throughout the ride, which included a number of Graeme’s close friends from school, sport, family and work who joined together to raise funds for The Change Foundation and take on a challenge which Graeme hoped to do for his 50th birthday celebration. The bike ride raised an amazing amount of money through the cyclists Just Giving pages, raising an incredible £91,000. We would like to give a special mention to Allan MacLeod and Kevin Troup who raised over £25,000 between them.

The Party for Podge dinner and auction was held at the Hurlingham Club on Saturday 1st Octoer 2016 to celebrate Graeme’s 50th birthday with family and friends. The evening was attended by 268 guests with a 3 course meal, as well as a live and silent auction. The dinner was hosted superbly by a close friend of Graeme, Robert Lane and the auction was compered by former London Wasps and England International, Damian Hopley, who was absolutely excellent in maximising people’s bids using a mixture of guile and humour. The silent and live auction, along with some individual pledges raised an incredible £67,000, which highlights the generosity of Graeme’s friends and shows their faith in the charity that was so close to Graeme’s heart.

The money raised from the event will go towards The Change Foundation’s Rugby for Change programme, which uses rugby as a tool to do three things.

1. To work with young people on the edges of gangs and criminal activity to create a positive rather than negative path in their lives.

2. To work with young offenders serving prison sentences in young offenders institutions to develop the skills and attitudes to start their lives in a positive way on release.

3. To support newly released young offenders with networks of support and opportunities to succeed.

If you would like to be contacted about our future fundraising events or would like to host a fundraising event, please email

Lets Rise And Dance4Change #HAITI

Our Dance4Change programme young women and girls have been dancing until their hearts content for two hours every Monday at the Lyric theatre and Wednesday evening at the Islington Arts Factory. They move to have fun, be the best that they can be and to come together as #YoungWomenWhoRock.

During October and November, the participants in Dance4Change have dedicated their dance practice to Haiti, Haitians. At the beginning of October this year, there was a hurricane, known as Hurricane Matthew, which was the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade. Over its history, Haiti has experienced a multitude of natural disasters. Despite being one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources statistics state that 80% of Haitians live in Poverty.

Dance4Change have recognised this and are doing their part in helping the people move forwards. But like everything this is a two-way street, Haitians reistance, unity, courage and spirit has shaped the world we live in today. Let’s not forget The Haitian Revolution led by the great Toussaint Louverture.

We have chosen two Haitian born community organisations that you can donate to should you wish. Sakala Haiti & The Cite Soleil Peace Prize. We will leave you with some words from the founder of The Cite Soleil Peace Prize, Louino Robillard.

“I decided to take a stand and do what I could to support the incredible young men and women in my community. I launched the Cite Soleil Peace Prize, an annual initiative to honor ordinary young people that are doing extroadinary things to make life better for their neighborhoods in Cite Soleil. I want the world to recognise the potential in our community and I want our young people to recognise the potential in themselves.”

You see when we rise and Dance4Change we are highlighting that in fact we are all the same. ‘When we rise and move for other people they rise and move with us’.


Please email for more information about donating to:

Dance4Change is back on Monday 9th January 2017 at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith between 6:30pm-8:30pm and on Sunday 15th January 2017 at the Islington Arts Factory between 11:30am-1:30pm.

If you want to join Dance4Change or would like to recommend a young lady who would be awesome for the movement do drop an email to

Move with Dance4Change on the below social media platforms:

YouTube: Dance4Change#YoungWomenRock

Instagram: @YoungWomenRock

Twitter: @YoungWomenRock

Facebook: Dance4Change

Graduation success for Change Foundation Disability Sport Apprentices

At the end of October, The Change Foundation apprentices’ Lois Turner, Daniel Levey and Bradley Donovan celebrated their graduation having completed their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development – Supporting, Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport. Lois, Daniel and Bradley have come through our Hit the Top (HTT) disability sports programme. Throughout their apprenticeship they have gained real, tangible experience from working alongside experienced Change Foundation coach mentors but also through assisting and leading on a wide range of Change Foundation programmes. They have also been completing online learning modules and have been attending regular personal development sessions with their Change Foundation assigned mentor.

Lois is visually impaired and is Captain of the UK’s first ever visually impaired female cricket team. She took part in the first ever cricket series for women with a visual impairment against Nepal in Kathmandu in 2014. Lois is currently studying at college to become a personal trainer. Lois said “I am actually setting my own goals in life and achieving them. I think that if I can continue to believe in myself and to start to put a lot of the skills that I have learnt into effect, I can keep achieving more. So my future aspirations are to just continue to be happy and keep helping to change other young people’s lives”.

Daniel has a learning disability and is a member of the England learning disability cricket team. Daniel is currently coaching on our Hit the Top disability sports porgramme and is assisting with our refugee cricket programme. Daniel said “I have a clear vision of the road I want to take, which is coaching and helping other young people realise their potential”.

Bradley has cerebral palsy (CP) and is now working with the Essex Cricket Board developing wheelchair cricket. Bradley said “I have achieved a lot in the apprenticeship programme; I have learnt new skills to help me in life, for example, learning to deal with situations efficiently. It has been a life changing year”.

We are incredibly proud of Lois, Daniel and Bradley and they continue not only to inspire hundreds of other young people but also our wider staffing team.

Our Hit the Top (HTT) disability sports programme empowers young people with a disability in the UK, India and Africa. HTT provides four stages of development for young people with a disability, offering long term support to help them achieve their full potential; HTT Active imbeds sport and physical activity as regular behaviour for children aged 5-10 with a disability. HTT Inspire delivers innovative youth clubs for disabled young people aged 11-18 that combine sport, mentoring and transferable skills. HTT Futures provides mentoring and coaching to disabled young people aged 18-25 in employability skills through sport and employment opportunities. HTT Heroes is a disability sports coaching programme that enables graduates of our HTT programme to become coaches, designing and delivering their own programmes. HTT is managed and delivered by graduates of the programme who are role models to the young people on the programme.

To find out more about the Hit the Top programme, please contact: Daniel Mynott: or James Wischhusen:

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

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:



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