EDC Supports SAFC Foundation Project

Sat, 2001-07-14 01:00

SAFC Foundation’s established Back In The Game Project has recently expanded its delivery area to allow people living in East Durham the opportunity to participate in the course.

The project, which is funded by Profound Services, is a 10-week pre-employment course designed for people who are currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance.  Participants gain the opportunity to improve fitness, confidence and earn a level 1 work-skills qualification to assist in gaining and sustaining employment.

The East Durham course is currently being delivered from SAFC Foundation’s outreach Learning Centre at Caterpillar, in Peterlee, and the working partnership with East Durham College has allowed the course to take on a new dimension as the fitness sessions are now being delivered at the College’s state-of-the-art sports facilities which house third generation all-weather pitches, a multi-purpose gym and a specialised boxing arena to name but a few.

John Fothergill, Project Manager, commented “It’s a tough time at present with high unemployment rates and money stretched for many people and businesses.

“It’s a real testimony to locally based organisations such as Profound Services, Caterpillar Peterlee and East Durham College that institutes of this calibre provide funds, expertise and facilities to allow local people the opportunity to participate in SAFC Foundation’s Back In The Game course which has proved to be the catalyst for people to improve confidence, develop a range of skills and improve employability credentials.”

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at East Durham College, added: “We are delighted that this partnership approach is resulting in such a successful delivery of the programme.

“The programme really helps to build up the participants’ self esteem and since we have introduced some fun physical activities into their programme it’s proved to be a great way to help them complete the course.

“We are looking forward to further strengthen our partnership with SAFC and the Foundation through future community programmes.