Vi-Ability Extends Programme Into London

A Welsh Social Enterprise set up by former Arsenal, Liverpool Ladies, and Welsh International female footballer Kelly Davies, is set to replicate its award winning training programme in London.    

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 Vi-Ability provides opportunities for young people aged between 16-24 years to develop skills by offering training, work experience and ‘exclusive’ customised qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing this, they also help to sustain thriving community sports clubs around the UK. 

Vi-Ability has a five-year vision to be fully operational in Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland.

To date Vi-Ability has had great success in Wales; engaging 380 young individuals a year in an 8-week part-time programme, and achieving an 84% success rate of helping young individuals into sustained employment, further learning or volunteering.

 Vi-Ability want to replicate in London (England) the success of its national award winning training programme in Wales, where there is a high density of sport clubs and where the social enterprise has good support from The Young Foundation and large corporates like Deloitte and Hogan & Lovell’s. This is in terms of the programmes established, and the number of participants that have been positively affected and helped get jobs. 

Over a two-year period, a self-sustaining business model will be created that delivers 74 programmes in 14 different sport clubs, and engages a total of 740 NEET individuals aged between 16 and 24 years.

To help achieve this ambitious growth plan, Vi-Ability has been selected to receive grant funding from the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, co-funded by the Cabinet Office and administered by Nesta. The Fund supports the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.

Some of the funding made available will be used to appoint a full-time Operations Manager in January 2015, who will assist the enterprise’s MD Kelly Davies (who has moved to London for six-months from Cardiff) to establish the exciting venture, commence delivery, and build key relationships & partnerships.

Please see the accompanying job description, personal specification and information on how to apply click here >>

The closing deadline for applications is Friday 28th November 2014, with interviews expected to take place the week commencing Monday 8th December 2014.

Work has already commenced on the project, with consultants from the Deloitte Sports Business Group producing a report, which intends to provide an overview of the sporting landscape across London, the current community offering available by borough, and the findings from key consultations with sporting organisations in London. This piece of work was made possible through Vi-Ability being a member of the  ‘Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneer Programme’, and being successful in a recent pitching competition for additional pro-bono support (valued at £25k).  

This is an exciting development for Vi-Ability, and one it wants to share with as many partners and young people as possible. If you are: aged 16-24 and want to enroll on a programme in 2015; an individual that wants to volunteer their time & expertise; or an organisation that wants to get involved and support our work, please do not hesitate to contact: Kelly Davies (Managing Director), kelly@vi-ability.org, 07725 576 997.

More info:

http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/centre-social-action-innovation-fund