Another month has been and gone and it’s been a busy one for Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Cohesion team!
Community Cohesion manager, Brett and Community Cohesion Mentor, Dan, partook in a two-day training event for Mental Health First Aid, in order to better support the new Get Vocal group.
The training consisted of learning about multiple mental health conditions and how best to respond to those that need help. Brett and Dan are now MHFA certified and are holders of the Orange Button, meaning they are available to be the first point of contact for anyone to talk about their mental health.
If you are a man and want to sit down, talk and listen, come along and join us on a Monday evening 6 pm to 8 pm in the North Stand Community Hub at Blackpool FC Stadium.
The day was fantastic for all involved and our young people even impressed some visitors at Levels. One member of the public took to Twitter to say:
“Felt amazing seeing BFC stuff today in Preston, loads of kids at Level wearing it with pride! A large group arrived downstairs as I was leaving with my daughter. A well-behaved bunch may I add.”
Leonie has recently completed her mid-way reward session with her mentor Ellie.
She wanted to meet Ellie’s puppy Betty and take her for a walk in Stanley Park. Leonie has really impressed Ellie with her progression through the program and mum has seen a huge improvement in Leonie’s behaviour at home and at school.
Leonie’s school had this to say,
“Leonie has been great at school. She is much better at conflict resolution, and she has had no friendship issues!”
This month in Divert, Jamie has supported clients in volunteering with the trust and in a local gymnastics club, to help the young people working with him become more employable and gain new skills.
Jamie has also engaged with 8 young people in custody, two now involved with the Divert programme to help prevent them from re-entering custody.
We launched our new Street Soccer Foundation programme in October, which supports 18–30-year-olds to improve their physical and mental health, as well as building confidence and providing them with employability skills.
During each session, the participants are given food, as well as taking part in workshops to help them in their day-to-day lives. They have investigated mindset, goalsetting and confidence over the last month.