Funded by Lloyds TSB, the Leeds Community Fund and Comic Relief, the DSY employability programme aims to give disabled young people the skills and experience to enhance their employability. The programme is open to any disabled young person between the ages of 16 and 25 years, whether or not they are NEETS (not in education employment or training).
The aim of the sports-based programme is to enable disabled young people to develop their confidence, self-worth and employment prospects through leadership training and a range of sports specific accredited
qualifications. During the programme trainees will complete significant voluntary work in a sports club, leisure centre or youth club in their local area.
The programme runs for under 15 hours a week and is a tailored sports development programme which varies according to the individual trainee and what will enhance their employment prospects.
Currently the program is available to any disabled young person who meets the criteria but only to those living in the West Yorkshire area which includes Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford. Subject to funding the programme may be expanded across the Yorkshire region.
For more information on the project to date click here
For more information about DSY inclusive Sports Ambassadors click here
‘Your organisation has found employment contacts for my son and taken the time and trouble to follow up these leads. I have greatly valued your professionalism, your reliability. (you always got back to me when you said you would) and the huge support you have given us. My son has thoroughly enjoyed the work experience placement you were good enough to find him. Although this has not led to paid work, due to LEA spending cuts, the experience has increased his self-worth and given him a purpose. In addition it has enabled him to use the skills he was trained for.
I am extremely grateful for all the care and support we have received. If DSY ceased to exist it would be a huge loss to us, the community and many other families with similar problems.” - Sport work experience programmes run by DSY
‘For many years our son has been involved with DSY. Without the support, enthusiasm, encouragement and total commitment of the staff I know he would not be where he is today and have achieved so much. We feel so privileged to have been supported by Fiona who understands learning disability. Her help, advice and involvement are invaluable.’ - Parent
‘Alexander’s passion is swimming, he has taken part in the FDSO schools gala numerous times and this has given him the experience of competitive sport which he now thoroughly enjoys and takes part in regularly. Fiona sourced the National Pool Lifeguard course for him to obtain the qualification, she also ensured that all concerned were aware of Alexander’s needs. With tremendous hard work from all parties, he managed to achieve his goal in life of becoming a qualified lifeguard. Fiona found him a work placement at Concord Sports Centre where he is now working one day a week. As well as practising the role of lifeguard, Alexander is encouraged to take part in staff training sessions which helps to maintain his lifeguarding qualification. He works as part of a team integrating in the ‘real world’. He has gained so much confidence and self-esteem.’ - Alexander's Parents