Hull FC Rugby Community Sports and Education Foundation is celebrating after being awarded £9,660 by the National Lottery Community Fund for a new project, Aspire @ FC.
Proposed to tackle disproportionate inequality facing people with learning disabilities which have been heightened by Covid-19, ‘Aspire @ FC’ entails a weekly programme of bespoke activities that aim to foster social connections between participants.
The project will support improved physical and mental wellbeing outcomes within highly vulnerable individuals facing challenges in relation to loneliness, isolation, and life outcomes.
Each week, three, eighty minute sessions will be delivered, with each dedicated to supporting a specific group:
- Young people aged 11 – 17 with a learning disability,
- Adults with a learning disability, and,
- Carers who support someone with a learning disability.
Activities will be delivered virtually, with planned ‘in-person’ sessions to commence once government guidelines allow.
The two sessions focused on supporting individuals with a learning disability will include activities that create a sense of community. Led by qualified inclusion and wellbeing instructor, participants will participate in quizzes, physical activity, and general topic discussions chosen by the participants.
To achieve learning outcomes, particularly in relation to independence, healthy lifestyles and mental resilience, participants will complete activities including virtual ‘cook-along’ and mindfulness workshops led by our partner Mind Hull and East Yorkshire.
‘Aspire @ FC’ is a new project which will be delivered across a one year period, supporting 75 people living with, or supporting others with a learning disability.
James Price, Head of Foundation at Hull FC, said, “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work and supported our application for funding.
“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to continue our work on tackling loneliness and social isolation, continue to build stronger relationships within a highly vulnerable group of people who are at risk to poor life outcomes as a result of both their disability, caring responsibilities, and living in one of the most deprived local authority areas in England.
“Alongside the social benefits of the project, ‘Aspire @ FC’ will introduce the participants to activities and learning opportunities which will support them to reach their potential and have the confidence to be more independent and progress in broader areas such as education and employment.”
For more information on Aspire @ FC, please contact James Price on firstname.lastname@example.org