Back in the Game programme launched

by Ashley Houghton

Foundation of Light making a difference.

The Foundation of Light has announced the opening of its ‘Back in the Game’ programme in Chester-Le-Street.

The programme, which starts on Tuesday 14th May, is aimed at helping unemployed people within the region achieve qualifications that may help them gain work in the future.

The sessions are run for three days a week over a 10 week period in which participants will undertake a variety of exercises designed to develop their skills, attitude and physical fitness, recognising that an overall change of lifestyle is often needed for people to remain in work.

Participants on the programme are referred by Job Centre Plus and Cestria Community Housing to Foundation of Light staff, who then review their suitability for the programme prior to starting.

The programme offers participants a two week work placement and the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications in Workskills, Functional Skills in Maths and English, and a Heart Start Emergency first aid qualification.

After completing the course, individuals can be referred to learning provider Profound Services for further work based training.

Gayle Snowball, Foundation of Light Informal Education and Employability Officer, said the programme offers participants ‘a real chance’ of getting into work in the future.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for unemployed people in the Chester-Le-Street area who want to get into work and get more out of life.

“The Back in the Game programme offers participants a very real chance of getting into work or, through our partner Profound services, gain job specific training and qualifications that will help them gain work.”

The programme will be based at the Kickz Learning Centre in the heart of the Gibside estate, originally opened by Cestria Community Housing five years ago, with the physical activity portions of the programme taking part at the nearby One Point Hub in Burns Green, Chester-le-Street.

The programme is funded by Profound Services with support from Cestria Community Housing.

Launched in Sunderland in 2009, the Back in Game programme has worked with almost 400 adults across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham with just under 40% gaining employment. Almost 90% of participants improved their motivation to find work and improve their lives.

For further information about taking part in the programme please contact your local Job Centre or the Foundation of Light on 0191 3894077.