Since our creation in 1989, we have invested over £30 million in our local communities and touched the lives of over 100,000 young people in that time. Our work has been regarded as ground breaking and we have been recognised as a model of good practice in providing solutions to some of the key social and educational barriers facing young people.
We are proud to be delivering on behalf of some major national projects including Kickz in partnership with the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police; and the National Citizens Service in partnership with the Football League Trust and the Cabinet Office. We are highly regarded with these national partners. Over the year this has included being at the forefront of the National Citizens Service where we were one of eight clubs delivering the programme.
Combined we are working with over 1000 young people offering over 150 hours of contact time per week. These national projects give us the focus and dynamism to deliver exciting on the ground programmes and to engage with young people in a meaningful way. We also have the scope to innovate and to utilize the skills of our staff to bring the best out of the young people we work with.
This national work has also led to strengthened partnerships on a local level with Housing Associations, the Metropolitan Police and local Trusts and Foundations. We currently work across 20 housing estates working tirelessly with Peabody, CBHA, and Circle Anglia to ensure that their residents are kept fit, healthy and safe. The Isle of Dogs Community Foundation has continued to be an important partner and we have been developing and delivering some excellent engagement and training programmes on the island. Our community work has also been boosted by support from the Girdlers Company which have given us an Olympic focus and on having a long term impact.
Our learning programme is very well established and now delivers a range of programmes to over 50 schools a year including after school programmes, healthy lifestyles and media training. Our Alternative Provision continues to expand with groups of Year 10 and 11 pupils working with us on a weekly basis from Newham and Waltham Forest. We have also expanded our 16-19 work and offer 6 BTEC courses.
We continue to support and develop the pioneering ‘Coping through Football’ mental health project aimed at those registered with the Mental Health Service supporting their recovery, in partnership with the North and East London Mental Health Trust and London Playing Fields Foundation.
We have also developed two themed projects for older people and parents. One is ‘Extra Time’ which focuses on combining physical activity sessions including keep fit, aerobics and yoga alongside internet and computer session for older people. Our ‘Fit Club’ programme is aimed at adults and in particular recent mothers. We offer for example ‘prams with pace’ fitness programmes and have established strong links with Waltham Forest based Children’s centres.
Since it opened in 2005 SCORE has firmly established itself as the community, health and sports hub for our local area. As well as being a base for over thirty sports clubs and community groups it also attracts wider patronage and profile. It is also a focal point for a number of our regular activities as well as the bigger events that we organise.
The Olympic legacy offers us a fantastic opportunity to galvanise enthusiasm and potential with our immediate communities and to act as a conduit between us and the wider legacy agencies. As such we have made great strides in promoting the Olympic spirit up to and during the games we worked with:
• CLM Olympic Constructors on a football league and receiving funding for wider community initiatives for the past four years
• Olympic Delivery Authority on delivering four Open House Weekends based at SCORE
• 6 Host Borough Sports Group on developing legacy sports plans
• England Handball on promoting the sport, developing structures and part funding a development post
• US Olympic Committee on visits, events and securing them as a training partner at SCORE
• Secured funding from Transformers Legacy fund to deliver multi sports to four immediate communities
• Were awarded LOCOG Get Set Network status
• Were a Young Games-Makers partner for games time events
Since the end of the Games we have continued to work with the legacy agencies in developing plans and projects to energise and activate the Park.
Since April 2013 we have re-examined our key work and targets and themed them according to how we work and in line with our overall aim of positively impacting on the lives of disadvantaged Londoners.
Our theme therefore is to ‘Realise Opportunity’ for the communities we serve. We aim to achieve this by ‘Creating’, ‘Developing’, ‘Delivering’ and ‘Enhancing’ those opportunities across our programmes.
1) Creating Opportunities focuses on engaging with young people in their own neighbourhoods and enabling them to begin their journey with us. Activities on offer include multi sports, physical activities, creative arts, music and other activities that engage. These are delivered on housing estates or neighbourhoods in suitable and appropriate facilities and are offered in the early evenings, at weekends and during holidays. There is also an emphasis on competitive sport with regular area and cross area tournaments held in a number of sports. Community safety and self-awareness workshops are held as well as an introduction to non-accredited learning. From this base, participants are encouraged to progress to the next level of opportunity on offer.
2) Developing Opportunities focuses on offering non-accredited and low level learning, self-development, awareness and volunteering opportunities. This is mainly aimed at 14-25 year olds and includes citizenship work via the National Citizens Service and light touch employability and development programmes such as Great Grass focusing on IT and Orient Opportunities focusing on sports training and volunteering.
3) Delivering Opportunities focuses on offering formal educational learning, coaching and training resulting in measurable progress and improved qualifications. It covers all educational and sports coaching in schools, after school sports and mentoring clubs and part and full time educational provision for 14-19 year olds including BTEC courses
4) Enhancing Opportunities focuses on offering extended activities to the communities we serve. This includes targeted activities for those with a disability; who are elderly or socially isolated and regular sporting opportunities through holiday clubs and afternoon sessions for children. This is enhanced by the use and reach of SCORE and the communities that it supports and Leyton Orient through access to players, live matches and general involvement and connection with the Club. In addition, our opportunities are further enhanced through partnership work with the Football League Trust, London united and the Olympic Park legacy.
For all the latest news stories from Leyton Orient Trust click here.