Marching Towards Employment participants pictured with Rickter Scale Practitioner Keith Mitchell (far right) and SaintsAbility+ Project Officer Robert Pearce (far left) at the Southampton V Sunderland match on 27 August 2016. Photo by Matt Watson/SFC/Digital South.
Saints Foundation is an independent charity aligned to Southampton Football Club. Harnessing the passion of the club and its fans they aim to INSPIRE, SUPPORT and DELIVER positive change and equality of opportunity for young people and vulnerable adults across Southampton and surrounding areas. They work across six key themes: Youth inclusion, Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellbeing, Education, Schools and Enterprise and Football and Sports Development.
CDG – WISE Ability delivers the Work Choice contract through its experienced and knowledgeable supply chain across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Their core purpose is to support people with disabilities and long term health conditions who are unemployed find worthwhile and sustainable employment and improve their quality of life. The aim is to deliver a service that meets the needs of the customers, ensuring both a high quality and excellent service.
During 2016 both organisations met up and working in partnership created an Employability Course aimed at young people with disability/health conditions that needed help and support in taking their next steps towards employment goals.
Calling the course “Marching Towards Employment”, participants were invited to join and in the week before starting came in for individual Rickter Scale® sessions. From this we identified key areas of development, as well as individual goals relating to employment. We were then able to tailor the course specifically around these areas – as opposed to just delivering an “off the shelf” course on what was presumed they would need to learn.
The results spoke for themselves with the follow up assessments showing improvement, development and achievements across the board with all the participants.
Keith Mitchell, Employment Adviser, CDG –WISE Ability
Stoke City Community Trust, Rickter Scale Training 2016
Stoke City Football Club’s Community Trust was founded in 1989 and became a registered charity in 2004.
The Trust’s work is around engaging with people in the community to support them to realise their potential, both in their personal and professional development.
Sport plays an important role in getting people to be more active, helping create a positive impact on health and wellbeing. In particular the Trust uses football as a way to engage with people of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds. The Trust is committed to inclusion, promoting health and wellbeing, and improving education.
The staff team at Stoke City Community Trust are using the Rickter Scale® to engage with participants across the many areas they work in, including within schools and helping young adults undertake Lifelong Learning.
“All our Education staff are now trained to use the Rickter Scale. Great person-centred assessment tool to help support our young people to progress towards their goals.”
David Bartrum, Education & Lifelong Learning Manager at Stoke City Community Trust.
Rickter’s Director of Operations, Nan Wood delivered the training for the Trust and said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Britannia Stadium to take such a motivated and professional team through Rickter Training to become licensed practitioners. Straight away they saw the value of Rickter in connecting with individuals, but also how it evidences the soft outcomes to show a person exactly how far they have come on their journey towards their goals. The group are keen to be able to use Rickter to demonstrate their outcomes and good practice for funders. We look forward to being ardent supporters.”
Find out more about the work of Stoke City Community Trust here or follow them on Twitter @StokeCity_CT