Vi-Ability and St Matthews Project A Success!

August 2015

As part of the Sporting Change ‘Helping Volunteers into Employment, Education or Training Through The Business of Sport’ Programme, funded via Team London, Vi-Ability have been working with the St Matthew’s Project in Lambeth to support young people from the borough to provide training and education and increase their engagement in voluntary activity to help them to gain employment or entry to education. 

11 young people were identified for the opportunity and over the last 10 weeks led by Vi-Ability tutors, they have been engaging in a range of educational opportunities, volunteering experiences and social enterprise activities to help them secure future employment or move back into education to further their ambitions.

As part of the programme, the young people have achieved a number of positive outcomes, including the completion of a Level 2 Btec in Football Industries (only available through Vi-Ability), a Level 2 Health & Safety at Work qualification, Emergency First Aid and ‘Go Lead’, a one day Award helping them to develop their leadership skills through sport as well as careers advice.

Some of the young people who had never volunteered were given the opportunity, via the Team London Speed Volunteering Scheme to volunteer at the London Youth Games where they helped to set up activities, hand out refreshments and support the overall running of the event.

A selection of the young people were also supported to attend a training day at City Hall to become Team London Ambassadors. The training will see them volunteer in August at Piccadilly Circus over 3 days to welcome the Capitals visitors, providing information and guidance and being a friendly face to welcome people to London.

Reported Positive benefits for participants:

  • Gained a sense of achievement
  • Achieved new qualifications
  • Engaged in new experiences they would not have done before the programme
  • Saw volunteering as a new opportunity
  • Got a boost to personal confidence
  • Helped them to think about preparing for the future and the next steps they next steps they need to take.

Of the 11 young people, 10 achieved at least one new qualification and have now entered into either Employment, Education or Training.  Six of the young people have moved into Employment and nine of the group undertook brand new voluntary work as part of the programme.

Shelley Meyern, Operations Manger at Vi-Ability said; “ This programme is the first of our Sporting Change series and we have seen some amazing outcomes for the young people.  They have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with The St Matthews Project to support other young Lambeth residents.”