Community Heroes are working towards new goals

















A group of volunteers from a unique project have been helping spruce up a community football club.

The community hero volunteers from Step Forward Tees Valley spent time at Wolviston FC near Durham painting the dug outs and stand.

Step Forward Tees Valley is a unique programme which gives bespoke one-to-one support to unemployed people to help them overcome issues that are stopping them finding work or training. Issues can include ill health; low self confidence; depression; lack of skills; substance misuse and many more.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

The community hero initiative is just one of the ways that Step Forward Tees Valley is helping people move their lives forward. People who have signed up to the programme are encouraged to take part in a  range of volunteering opportunities to help improve the local community, boost their self esteem and learn new skills.

Martin Jones, employer engagement officer for Step Forward Tees Valley, said: “We had such a great time at Wolviston FC giving a coat of paint to the stand and dug outs. Volunteering is so much fun and really worthwhile. By helping people to volunteer we allow them to try new things, make friends and boost their skills. For some this is just the start they need to think about looking for work or training and for future employers it shows how determined these people are to move their lives on.”

Keith Simpson the President of Wolviston FC said: “Martin, Chris and the volunteer group from Step Forward Tees Valley really did us proud. Their attitude was amazing and their willingness to please was stunning. They carried out a first class refurbishment of the club’s stand and dug outs which our committee were unable to do and have given the place a visible lift. It certainly was a win-win situation and we are now looking forward to further visits from Martin and the group.”


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