Hull FC’s Community Foundation have been working with the Humber Learning Consortium as part of their ‘This-Ability’ programme, helping young people with learning disabilities gain valuable work experience.
‘This-Ability’ is a £3.7 million is a four-year National Lottery Community Fund programme aimed at finding 500 young people a disability, learning disability/difficulty or a long term health/mental health condition sustainable employment.
The project provides specialist support and training for 18-29 year olds in Hull and the East Riding who find themselves unemployed and economically inactive. This will give young people the opportunities to explore and experience specific occupational sectors, with job opportunities, within the Hull and East Riding area.
Shane Stoneley and Brandon Simon, who are now both part of the club’s newly former LDRL side for 2020, have benefitted first-hand for the programme, having undertaken work placements within the club over the past six months.
Shane, who’s story can be found below, has been working with the club’s Community Foundation in local schools, as well as helping run the LDRL team with the long-term goal of becoming a teaching assistant for children with special needs.
After fighting adversity throughout his life, with the help of the Hull FC Community Foundation and their 'This Ability' project, Shane Stoneley's new coaching role in local schools is helping him unleash his real potential. 🖤👏— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) December 13, 2019
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Brandon meanwhile has been working within the club’s exciting and fast-paced retail environment, gaining valuable skills as he searched for furture work in the retail industry.
Shane said: “When I was speaking with the Foundation team, they could clearly see from the start that my passion was working with children. So they put me in a position where I could develop my skills in that specific area in primary schools.
“I’m really determined to make sure that when you’re starting an activity, that all the children can be involved. If for some reason they can’t be involved, we find a way around that and make them feel included.
“Going into the schools with the coaches has helped me realise that all the children are different. Working with those that suffer with difficulties and making school a better place for them is really rewarding for me.
“Ultimately this project is going to help me achieve my long-term goals of becoming a teaching assistant for children with learning difficulties.
“Knowing that people at the schools had been asking about me really lit up my word and made me realise that I do have a purpose in life, whereas before I felt like I didn’t have one.”
Vicky Holbeck, Contract Manager for ‘This-Ability’ said: “It has been a delight to see how the ‘This-Ability’ programme, working in partnership with Hull FC, has enabled both Shane and Brandon to flourish in their confidence and personal aspiration.
“Working with the Black & Whites has meant that both young men have been able to try new experiences to enable them to succeed in the work place.”
To find out further information about the ‘This-Ability’ programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01482 327438.