Building Better Opportunities - Albion in the Community

Building Better Opportunities

Albion in the Community has teamed up with a network of seven other local charities led by Aspire Sussex to deliver two projects, Working Together for Work and Local Learning Perspectives.

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The BBO project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Working Together for Work

This project aims to support families as a whole with multiple complex barriers to work, to develop their skills, capabilities, talents and resilience. The goal is to support more adults and young people into employment or training by providing an increased focus on employment through skills for work and employment opportunities.

As well as providing services to help the adults in the family become work ready, the AITC staff also help their children’s learning and ambitions. This is achieved by working closely with other services and agencies engaging with families; to provide a wrap-around support on a one to one basis and at family level, by delivering courses where parents/carers and children are involved in learning together.

Of the participants that this project is helping we have already seen 6% moving into either education, employment or job search. This is alongside an increase in participant’s improved family quality life feeling less socially isolated and enjoying improved self-confidence.

Local Learning Perspectives

This project aims to promote and increase social inclusion through supporting individuals in the community while developing their basic and social skills. AITC staff guide and support each participant in their path to overcome the challenges and barriers that prevent them from moving forward.

The activities delivered through this project include:

  • Learning programmes in the community;
  • Training, learning support and qualifications for members of local communities seeking employment or looking to become more ‘employment ready’;
  • Additional support to improve chances of job entry;
  • Additional support to improve chances of entry into education/training.

Participants on this project are also reporting an increase in confidence and feeling less isolated with 12% moving into either employment, education or job search.

Impact

To end December 2019, AITC have supported 74 participants across the two BBO projects. 9 Participants have successfully moved into employment and 7 have moved into education.

Outcome data for AITC participants shows:

  • Relationships with families have improved for 43% of participants
  • 100% feel their quality of life has improved
  • 100% feel more confident
  • 92% feel happier
  • 77% feel more optimistic about the future
  • 92% report improved skills
  • 92% feel less lonely/isolated
  • 85% feel more confident asking for help
  • 92% feel more confident accessing support to find employment
  • 77% feel better able to deal with setbacks
  • 85% feel healthier
  • 100% feel more connected to their local community

Quotes

“I was coasting after long term sickness. AITC got me back on track. By making me aware I was not actively moving forward with employment. They provide me with advice access to courses and advice how to run engage and plan sessions. Due to their long term support I am currently at university studying to be a P.E teacher.” (Participant)

“Helped me socialise after a long period of limited contact with people. Helped to improve fitness, get back into football and feel able to re-engage with past interests. Helped me form a career plan, gain qualifications and feel more optimistic with regards to my job prospects.” (participant)

Case Study – Local Learning Perspectives Participant

I was out of work for a long time and couldn’t really face it for a while. My careers advisor at the Job Centre told me about Albion Goals. I had quite a lot of personal problems, depression and was out of work for a long time, since I graduated from university. For me personally it was an attempt to confront my demons, getting fit again and the social element as I was quite isolated before I came. Before I joined I wasn’t looking at it for confidence building, but it has really helped.

I’ve had excellent support – you get peer support from the guys, and the coaches are always there for advice and guidance. If you ever want to chat they have always been there on a 1-1 basis. They’ll help you make plans, give suggestions, encouragement. They’ve helped give me experience coaching and I’ve got my Level 1 since I’ve been here, and I’ve almost finished my Level 2. I’m going to be starting as an Albion in the Community coach in September.

Life has changed so much – I wasn’t really doing anything. I didn’t have any friends and I was really isolated. It’s really helped my confidence and self-esteem. It’s improved a lot of aspects of my life. I’ve been helping out volunteering as well – helping out with out of school groups. I’ve learnt I can cope with working with kids! I haven’t got kids myself so don’t have much experience and I didn’t know if I could cope – it’s taken me out of my comfort zone, given me more skills.

I’m a lot more optimistic, my CV is full of stuff I’ve been doing since I’ve been coming here, before there was just a big gap. I’m in a hell of a better position than I was. For men, I think it’s a good way to build confidence and take things they can transfer into other aspects of life. It’s an environment they feel comfortable with. We are all enjoying ourselves and while we are doing it we don’t always realise we are developing life skills as well.

Case Study – Working Together for Work Participant

I am on a 6-month drug and alcohol programme which is run by Brighton Housing Trust. There are 4 houses, 24 of us, all recovering from drug and alcohol. We have talking therapies, group sessions, community meeting and then programme our own time. As part of the programme we have an hour a week with Brighton and Hove Albion doing multisports. I’ve been on the programme about 4 and a half months now. When I first started coming it was just me and the instructor for the badminton and now there are loads of us which come down. Which is great, but also annoying as you get less time on the court! Some of the guys play football, and we can also play badminton or other sports.

It’s really good to get us out – we spend a lot of time talking and thinking and doing written assignments, so to have things to get us out of that headspace for a while is really important. It’s actually been a key part of my recovery, doing something a little bit normal, doing something fun. A lot of the time recovery cannot be fun – it’s not a holiday camp, we are not there to enjoy ourselves. But it’s been a huge relief for me and it’s become more and more important.

I think I’m getting a bit better and a few of us are planning on joining a badminton club, and I want to carry on playing. It’s a really important part of my week. I know they are going to start doing a more structured programme around life goals. Skills and training. But for me, it’s the time doing sport, physical activity, as well as meeting people from other projects.

In terms of my week’s schedule it’s a really important part, I really feel the lack of it when I don’t go and it makes a really massive difference to my week. I wouldn’t enjoy life even half as much if I didn’t have this to come each week. It’s a bit of a sanctuary at the end of the week and I feel so much better.

 

For more information on the BBO project call 01273 878260 or email: info@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.