Foundation 92 and Salford Red Devils Foundation have been working together in developing a COVID-19 secure ‘Short Breaks’ programme, supporting vulnerable young people with a disability and their families throughout the pandemic.
With support and funding from Salford City Council via the Salford CVS-administered Short Break Care fund, this service is presenting young people living with SEND with the opportunity to take part in one-to-one football and rugby sessions; giving them the opportunity to not only develop their skills, but also to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
As a result of COVID-19 government restrictions – introduced in January – community sports sessions were brought to an immediate halt. However, given the important need to support vulnerable young people to maintain a healthy routine, the Foundation and Salford Red Devils Foundation have been able to continue the ‘Short Breaks’ programme in a safe manner.
The two charities have adapted in order to conduct this programme by following government guidelines as effectively as possible, ensuring the safety of staff and participants is maintained.
Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, said:
“Foundation 92 are delighted to be able to continue the provision of bespoke one-to-one support for young people living with additional needs in Salford, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of the young people we support are marginalised from society – facing very complex barriers and living with additional needs, which often means they are more likely to become isolated within the community.
“Through collaboration with partners such as Salford Red Devils Foundation and through the support of Salford City Council and Salford CVS, we have been able to work with a high volume of young people – providing COVID-19 secure one-to-one support, which enables them to lead positive and healthy lifestyles.”
Simon Robinson, Grants Manager at Salford CVS, said:
“The Salford Council-supported ‘Short Break Care’ Fund enables Salford CVS to support a range of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in providing a variety of much-needed activities for children with disabilities across the city.
“Foundation 92’s partnership project with Salford Red Devils Foundation is demonstrating the real value of local charities working together to provide sports activities to young people who’ve faced the immense challenge of lockdown, and give families short breaks from 24/7 caring responsibilities.”
Steve Titley, Commissioning Manager, People Directorate, Salford City Council, added:
“Both Foundation 92 and Salford Red Devils Foundation have worked very well with Salford City Council to keep this vital support in place for children and their families”
The service is commissioned by the Council as part of its Local Offer for children, young people and families with a disability. More information: https://directory.salford.gov.uk/kb5/salford/directory/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=4.