Investing £28,000 to help young people into employment
Southern Housing Group is investing £28,000 in delivering employment skills training alongside football sessions for residents in the Brighton and Hove area.
The grant will see the Group work in partnership with the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, Albion in the Community, to run weekly football training sessions that Southern Housing Group staff will follow up with one to one work covering CV writing, motivation and confidence building.
Sonia Watson, who leads the project on behalf of Southern Housing Group, said that she is excited about the benefits of the project.
“We worked with Albion in the Community last year to deliver a similar project in Durrington and we had more than 105 residents take part. It seems that combining football training with work readiness training makes this a hugely popular initiative.
“We’re thrilled we’re able to extend the programme and offer it to people living in the Brighton and Hove area as well.
“Projects like this benefit everyone – from the young people taking part and their families to local employers and the community in general.”
Mark Slide, Inclusion Manager at Albion in the Community, worked on the programme in Durrington and was instrumental in applying for this latest round of funding.
“This year we want to deliver this new programme to help even more residents.
“Because we use football to attract people who aren’t in education, employment or training and can offer them all different kinds of support to help them prepare to find a job, we’re able to make a massive difference in their lives.
“After the football training, Southern Housing Group runs sessions focused on personal well-being, awareness of mental health and addiction issues, and sessions and workshops designed to build confidence and improve communication skills.
“Residents are also offered one-to-one support with skills that will help them find work such as CV writing, different interview techniques, job searching, and mentoring through home visits and online.”