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On 23rd March 2021 we successfully raised £1,262 ( + est. £133.75 Gift Aid ) with 35 supporters in 35 days

We are raising funds to develop a connections centre to help us combat the effects of isolation and loneliness for our beneficiaries

by Street Soccer Academy in Breightmet, England, United Kingdom

Above all else the one thing 2020 taught us all is the value of human interaction. Those moments in our everyday life, that we all probably take for granted, that make our very existence manageable. For most of us these connections exist throughout the many layers of our lives, whether it's the very intimate interaction we enjoy with our close family and friends or the more professional exchange that exists with work colleagues or business contacts. It is clear that these connections are not only essential in us effectively going about our daily lives but also in maintaining a healthy state of wellbeing.

ISOLATED INDIVIDUALS

1610632700_sta40754.jpgAt Street Soccer Academy we work with individuals, referred onto our programmes from a number of welfare agencies, generally classified as having complex and multiple needs. We help individuals work through issues related to homelessness, physical & mental health problems, unemployment and learning needs. The complexity of these needs sees our service users classified, in the main, as 'hardest to reach' by many other agencies. Like Chris explains in the video above for most of our beneficiaries the essential connections are either non-existent or dysfunctional due to the effects of personal needs and result in detachment from mainstream society and problems with isolation.

HOW WE ENGAGE

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Beneficiaries are referred onto our programmes by welfare agencies across our region, such as, The NHS, accommodation providers, Job Centre+ and community projects. Once referred our beneficiaries engage in a Coach Education & Personal Development Programme based around learning basic life and work-related skills. The use of football coaching as the basis of our programmes means we have an attractive method of engagement and retention, allowing us to incentivise learning and development.

WHY STREET SOCCER ACADEMY

1610636592_rich_bwr_copy_2.jpegWe are a UK registered charity and an FA Charter Standard Football Club, meaning that our programmes are delivered by fully qualified and vetted staff. As with many sports clubs the involvement in team sports allows for meaningful relationships to develop and positions of trust to be established between service users, staff and volunteers. It is from these relationships that we are able to work with our beneficiaries to try and address the needs that hold them back from achieving their full potential in life. 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING TO FUND

1610636790_meeting_copy.jpgTo assist in our efforts to help our beneficiaries combat the causes of isolation and defeat loneliness we are looking to develop a connections centre at our HQ. This will be a meeting room where beneficiaries can discuss with us any of their current needs. In turn we will look at ways our beneficiaries can access appropriate help, from our network of partner agencies, to address these needs. Help may be in the form of directing to appropriate services, assistance with form filling, online research, initial telephone enquiry or in some cases, purely a listening ear. As with all our work in this area appropriate action planning will be put in place with timescales for review and follow-up agreed to ensure satisfactory outcomes are achieved.

Donations will help to furnish the centre with seating, desk space, a computer (to access the internet and database) & telephone.

WHAT DO WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE

1610636870_change.jpgFor many of our beneficiaries the complexity of their needs often results in loss of confidence and any hope that the lifestyle they desire can ever be achieved. Through our connections centre we hope to see confidence restored through the systematic working though of issues, ultimately seeing individuals establishing for themselves sustainable lifestyles and realising their full potential. In achieving this we believe we will see isolation and loneliness defeated as individuals establish for themselves contacts in community to help maintain healthy and fulfilling lifestyles.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

We will create a tailored post for you on our social media channels to thank you for your support

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Your name will appear in a special one-off blog article that will appear on our website highlighting the opening of our connections centre.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Your name will be added to a list of founding donors of the SSA Connections Centre on our website

£500 or more

£500 Reward

We are seeking donations from local businesses to be listed as founding donors of the SSA Connections Centre. In addition to having your logo shown on our website you will also receive a VIP invite to future SSA events

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