We work innovatively with partner organisations to enhance customer support, deliver social value and to contribute to community events and projects. For the past 30 years, Foundation has been involved in a range of innovative partnership activities – here are some of the current projects we’re enjoying!
Pret A Manger’s charitable arm donates their surplus sandwiches to customers participating in our Leeds football sessions. As this partnership has grown our customers have been invited to consider 3 month apprenticeships based in Leeds and York, with successful candidates considered for employment when vacancies arise.
The apprenticeship scheme has the potential to be life-changing for our customers and demonstrates the real value of working with local businesses to address social exclusion.
Staff from Lloyds Banking Group have been volunteering their time for years – in 2015, bank staff wanted to continue their involvement with Foundation and decided to host a 5 A Side Football tournament, offering them the opportunity to have direct contact with customers.
The tournament took place in May 2015, at Soccer City in Leeds, and showcased the skills of the players, including their commitment, dedication and team spirit: it was eventually won by the York team in a Leeds – York final. Staff from Lloyds also refereed the matches, provided substitutes for teams and a fantastic lunch.
North Yorkshire Police partnered with Foundation in Harrogate to provide community placements for trainee police officers shadowing Housing Support Workers.
This has offered mutual benefits: for police, there have been insights into our services, an understanding of homelessness and of the issues facing our customers, while for Foundation, stronger links have been built with the local police.
Working in partnership with Great Lives, we’ve organised several ‘Proud of Your Pad’ events in Tameside throughout the year. Foundation customers took part in the events collecting litter and leaves, tidying up and planting flowers and vegetables.
Proud of Your Pad is about bringing residents together, building confidence, improving the kerb appeal of the accommodation we manage and supporting community cohesion and reintegration.
In September 2014 Foundation’s 30th anniversary signalled the beginning of our fundraising efforts in support of the Woodland Social Enterprise and these have continued throughout 2015.
Foundation provides support services to people who are socially excluded and hard to reach. Many face loneliness, 40% of our clients are socially isolated, living in hostels or ‘sofa surf’. Our client group include homeless people, ex-offenders, people with substance/alcohol addictions and both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health needs.
Over the last three years our Leeds team has established and developed a volunteer-led football project for our clients. The sessions are open and used by males and females, young and older people, and people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds and abilities. We’ve attended tournaments such as the annual Homeless games in Liverpool, the St George Crypt annual event, plus other one off competitions around West Yorkshire.
Our football project has gained the support of many fantastic organisations, including Leeds Beckett University who help us to evaluate the health benefits for people of taking part in the Football programme.
We are also working with Leeds United Foundation and the Homeless Football Association to both improve the skills and development of the customers involved but also to raise awareness of homelessness and the huge impact it has on individuals.
Without the help of our friends, partners, sponsors and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the wide range of services that we do – so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for making better lives a reality for so many of our service users.