Our Programmes

Women and girls programmes

Generation Storm

Generation Storm is a mentoring programme that supports young women from the care system make positive transitions into education, work or training. We provide young women aged 16 – 21 with a range of skills that challenge and inspire them to think positively about their future through weekly fitness, health and well-being sessions and mentoring.

To find out more contact:
Shedaine Henry

Where?
Generation Storm delivers weekly sessions for 20 young women in Lambeth, London.

Who?
Young women aged 16 – 21 from the care system.

What?
Weekly sessions of sport and youth work help to build a relationship of trust. The young women are then matched up with professional women from a range of backgrounds, professions and experiences as their mentors. Mentors provide 10 one to one sessions to help the young women create 12 month personal development plans.


Girls Win

Girls Win engages girls with a disability, giving them access to a regular sports provision and workshops to improve their physical and emotional health. The programme delivers four clubs across London empowering girls with a disability to set short, medium and long term goals for their future.

To find out more contact:
Maddy Ford

Where?
Girls Win delivers weekly sessions for 150 girls and young women across London.

Who?
Young women aged 10 – 18 with a disability.

What?
Weekly two hours sessions that combine a range of sports and dance genres with goal setting workshops, peer support group discussion and a residential that will increase the confidence, independence and expand friendship networks to reduce social isolation of young women with a disability.


Dance 4 Change

Dance 4 Change helps 60 extraordinary young women from the care system to develop a sense of identity, discover a new support network and make positive transitions into adulthood.

To find out more contact:
Maddy Ford

Where?
Dance 4 Change has two dance clubs in Islington and Hammersmith in London.

Who?
Young women aged 16-24 from the care system.

What?
Dance 4 Change young women are provided with three terms of dance classes with mentoring and at the end of each term they take part in a public performance. After three terms they are given one to one progression support as they transition into work, training or education opportunities.


Netball 4 Change

Netball 4 Change is a programme that uses the rules and the game of netball to teach girls and young women how to stay safe on social media. It empowers them to think more positively about their social graph, how it can affect their prospects for the future and raises awareness of negative social influences.

To find out more contact:
Navjeet Sira

Where?
Netball 4 Change delivers programmes for schools and community groups in at-risk areas of London and Newcastle.

Who?
Netball 4 Change works with marginalised girls and young women aged 13 – 17 who are using and/or highly exposed to social media platforms for more than 3 hours a day.

What?
Netball 4 Change is a 10 week programme that provides practical netball sessions with new innovative netball games that link to messages of social media safety. Each week the programme tackles a new issue using skills and drills of netball to weave in messages that will:

  • Reduce the feeling of being under pressure to be ‘on fleek’.
  • Improve young women and girls understanding of a positive social graph.
  • Raise awareness of the ‘clickbait’ culture.

Netball 4 Change also provides 3 tournaments a year to reconnect with the young women on the programme, track their social graphs and celebrate their achievements. Our partners the Media Trust will provide a bespoke workshop for each group on how to improve their social graph to help with their future employment.

Disability programmes

 

London Futures

London Futures is an employability programme for young Londoners with learning disabilities and mental health problems, facing social isolation and loneliness. Using sport and specialised mentoring, these young Londoners unite to compete in employability challenges to improve their career aspirations and become more integrated in their communities.

To find out more contact:
Ryan Jones

Where? 

London Futures delivers in 4 hubs covering North, South, East and West London working with 50 young adults each year.

Who? 
Young adults 18 – 25 with a learning disability and mental health problems.

What? 

Young Londoners will take part in weekly sports activities to reduce anxiety, stress and associated conditions. Young Londoners will gain weekly mentoring from coach mentors with lived experience who will advise and guide each young Londoners through the programme. Young Londoners will take part in 10 employability challenges and compete as a team against the other London hubs.


Bright Futures

The Bright Futures programme first started as a pilot programme designed by The Change Foundation graduate Daniel Mynott who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programme uses the power of sport to help young people that have ASD to develop their social, independence and motor skills.

To find out more contact:
Daniel Mynott

Where?
Bright Futures delivers 4 clubs on London for 60 young people.

Who?
Young people aged 10 – 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What?
Weekly two hours sessions that use sport to help young people with ASD develop coping techniques that improve their ability to socialise, interact and react to change.

Community programmes

 

Street Elite

Our award-winning Street Elite programme which has engaged 305 young people on the edges of gangs and crime across London over the last 5 years, helping 244 transitions from NEET (not in education, employment or training) into work, apprenticeships, training or education opportunities.

In 2016 Street Elite was the winner of two awards.

To find out more contact:
Si Ledwith

Where?
Street Elite delivers 3 prevention academies and 3 intervention cohorts across London.

Who?
Young people aged 13 – 24 at-risk of or on the edges of gangs and crime.

What?
Street Elite prevention academies are weekly sessions for 14 weeks that combine sport and skills for work. Young people are also provided with placements, industry speakers and mentoring.

Street Elite intervention cohorts are delivered in five phases; ‘On The Street’ recruitment of young people involved in gangs and crime, 15 weeks of training for work through sport, 10 weeks of community engagement delivering sports sessions to children on local housing estates, two week work placements and then into employment, training or education.


Team Habana

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. 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.

To find out more contact:
Henry Glynn

 

Where?
Team Habana has two cohorts of 7 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.

Team Habana UK – Year 2 Report – October 2018

 


Refugee Cricket Project

The Refugee Cricket Project works with young refugees and child asylum seekers providing them with a safe space to integrate into their new environment, gain advocacy support and help them develop a sense of home from home.

To find out more contact:
Daniel Lineker

Where?
The Refugee Cricket Project is delivers an open access weekly session on Wednesdays at The Change Foundation headquarters in London.

Who?
Young refugees who came to the UK by themselves as children.

What?
We provide weekly cricket sessions inclusive of one to one advocacy support and safe social space for refugee groups in the UK. There is also an annual Refugee Premier League cricket tournament hosted at Lord’s Cricket Ground which is a platform for celebration and awareness of the issues these young people face.


Rugby 4 Change

Rugby 4 Change provides rehabilitation for ex-offenders and helps to rebuild character through the values of the game. Rugby becomes an opportunity for each individual, where they use the session to break from routine to focus on physical and mental well-being. Though young people look at becoming fitter, stronger and faster, ultimately Rugby 4 Change equips ex-offenders to be tough enough to face the mental challenges in life.

To find out more contact:
Alex Bassan

 

Where?
Rugby 4 Change delivers weekly sessions in HM Belmarsh Prison in London.

Who?
Young male ex-offenders aged 18 – 25.

What?
‘Behind the gates’ Rugby 4 Change trains young males ex-offenders by using rugby to imbed the  rehabilitation process in the following pathways to reduce reoffending; attitudes, thinking and behaviour, education, training and employment and health. ‘Through the gates’ Rugby 4 Change provides weekly drop-in service on release so ex-offenders can gain additional mentoring while integrating back into their communities.


Investec Premier League

The Investec Premier League is a street cricket programme designed to integrate young unaccompanied refugees from different communities into London; teaching them about different cultures, community cohesion and building new friendships. This programme has been funded by Investec for the past ten years and continues to be a great celebration of pride, leadership and teamwork amongst a diverse group of young people.

To find out more contact:
Alex Bassan

Where?
The Investec Premier League delivers regular workshops and cricket sessions at The Change Foundation headquarters in London with an annual tournament taking place at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Who?
Young refugees aged 14 – 21.

What?
The Investec Premier League provides monthly training sessions and workshops that focus on life skills such as, communication, teamwork, respect and employability skills. There is an annual tournament that helps bring young people from diverse areas together to break down any barriers they face and aid integration in today’s society. Programme sponsors Investec also provide employability days which give young people the opportunity to experience a professional working environment and to gain an understanding of Investec as a company.

Global initiatives

 

Hit the Top Mumbai disability cricket programme

In partnership with the Indian charity Magic Bus The Change Foundation deliver a disability cricket programme in Mumbai, India called Hit the Top. The programme aims to engage young people with a disability who are at risk from social isolation and lifelong underachievement. Using cricket as the hook, we engage young people living in Mumbai and take them on a journey of self-development that involves: playing cricket regularly, belonging to a team and expanding friendship networks, changing attitudes and behaviour, activity related learning that develop life skills.

To find out more contact:
Henry Glynn


Team Habana South Africa youth leadership programme

In partnership with the Bryan Habana Foundation The Change Foundation work with young leaders in Cape Town, South Africa on South African rugby legend Bryan Habana’s youth leadership programme Team Habana. Team Habana is a programme for aspiring young leaders aged 16 – 21 in deprived communities in need of an opportunity to help them discover their leadership potential through the power of rugby. These young people are provided with a one year extraordinary experience of training, mentoring and skills development and will return to their communities equipped to act as a beacon of hope to other young people by sharing their knowledge and experiences of Team Habana.

To find out more contact:
Navjeet Sira


‘A global campaign inspiring visually impaired people to play rugby’

The Change Foundation set up the England Blind Cricket Team and coached the team for ten years. The charity was also instrumental in setting up the governing body of the sport – the World Blind Cricket Council – and in creating blind cricket programmes across Africa and the Caribbean. The development of blind cricket in the UK and across the world in the 1990s helped pioneer disability sport, created greater awareness of the talents of people with a visual impairment and empowered visually impaired children and adults to think differently about what they could achieve.

The Change Foundation’s visually impaired coaches and players have now turned their development expertise towards blind rugby and over the last 2 years have developed the rules of the game – a seven-a-side touch version with uncontested scrums and line outs, written the coaching and officiating guidelines and created an adapted ball which makes a noise to help players locate it when it’s moving. They also set up the first blind rugby teams in London and launched the game with a three match series between the ‘Blind Lions’ and ‘Blind Blacks’ in New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017. New Zealand have since created 10 new teams and spread the game to Australia.

We have big plans to take the game to the next stage and in September 2018 The Change Foundation’s Development Team will be visiting Japan to meet local partners and World Cup organisers to set up our next showcase event at the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019. Our trainers will then visit Japan in early 2019 to train coaches, players and officials in preparation for the three way tournament in October between Japan, New Zealand and England.

To find out more contact:
Si Ledwith


Sport for social change in refugee camps in Lebanon

In partnership with UK charity Muslim Hands The Change Foundation provide training for young sports leaders in how to use sport to provide psycho-social support to Syrian refugee children who have suffered dislocation and trauma. This type of programme is unique in Lebanon and is delivered through Muslim Hand’s network of local NGOs who they fund to provide these programmes and the delivery of food parcels. Our training programme for leaders in the camps involves games and exercises using football, basketball, cricket and rugby. The sport provides the framework through which we create sharing and learning experiences for children and young people.

To find out more contact:
Andy Sellins


Social messages through basketball

In partnership with Euroleague’s community project, One Team that provides all clubs across Europe with a methodology to “use the power of basketball to integrate communities”. For their annual training The Change Foundation provided skills and insight on using basketball to tackle social issues such as inclusivity, barriers for women and girls, disability awareness and innovative teaching methods through sport. The Change Foundation trained 65 participants empowering them to deliver social messages through sport.

To find out more contact:
Alex Bassan

Walking Sports

Walking Football

Walking football takes place at the Cricket Centre in Wallington on Wednesdays between 10.15am and 11.30am and is followed by tea, coffee and an opportunity to chat and get to know everyone.

We welcome all aged over 55 (men and women). Walking football is a slower version of football.

The sessions have been designed to encourage communication and friendships in the group. From time to time matches are arranged against other teams and other social events such as a quiz and social evenings are planned. We encourage players to stay after the session to relax and socialise with their team mates and learn more about the opportunities at the centre, as well as in the local area.

Sessions are run by Martin who is an experienced Level 3 coach. He starts sessions with simple fun warm up exercises to improve passing skills etc and then moves on to game based situations and finishes with a match.

The session is suitable for beginners as well as those who have played football. We play outside if dry (so it can be helpful to wear football boots in winter). Trainers are fine in summer.

We are extremely grateful to The National Lottery Awards for all who have very generously given us funding to support this project.

To find out more contact:

Oli Johnson

 

Walking Cricket

Following the success of Walking Football we have started Walking Cricket sessions on Mondays 10am until 11.30am followed by tea, coffee and a chat.

The sessions are fun and active and use cricket skills to improve fitness. We encourage players to stay for tea and a chat afterwards to relax and socialise with team mates, learning about more opportunities at the centre, as well as the local area. No previous cricket experience is necessary. All equipment is provided and we play with a soft ball. Sessions are run by an experienced cricket coach Mark and will begin with warm up games and then a fun match.

We are extremely grateful to the Sutton Community Fund who have generously given us funding to support this project .

To find out more contact:

Oli Johnson