Project highlights good health as a way into work
Sport and fitness are being used as a way to help hard to reach people in Middlesbrough into work or training.
To mark Men’s Health Week, Step Forward Tees Valley and Groundwork North East & Cumbria have planned two events to get everyone moving!
The first on, Monday June 12, is a three peaks challenge starting at Eston Sports Centre, Middlesbrough at 9am and taking in Eston Nab, Roseberry Topping before ending at Captain Cook's Monument.
Then, on Tuesday 13 June, there will be a football tournament at the Herlingshaw Centre, Middlesbrough hosted with Mind. Participants from different organisations will compete against each other in a series of friendly matches.
Helen Collins, Step Forward programme manager, said: “Physical and mental health can be real barriers to stopping people finding work or training. Sport and physical activity can boost confidence, mood as well as fitness – all things that can help people feel more able to join the workforce.
“Events such as these give people the opportunity to take small steps which in turn could have a big impact on their lives.”
As well as promoting the programme, the events will also raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
Step Forward Tees Valley, which is run by the Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, aims to help local people overcome barriers and get into work and training.
To find out about Step Forward Tees Valley visit www.sfteesvalley.co.uk or call 01642 245895. You can also find the project on Twitter @SFTeesValley or Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley
UPDATE - WELL DONE TO ALL WHO TOOK PART AND RAISED MORE THAN £300 - SEE GALLERY BELOW FOR SOME SHOTS FROM THE EVENTS!