Employability Students take up volunteer posts
Students from Kirklees on the first Employability Course at Shelley F.C.
Students Joe, and Tom at Shelley F.C. games, helping on the Turnstile, and to sell match programmes.
Students on the innovative Employability Course have started taking up volunteering opportunities offered on the course. The course, which is a partnership between DSY, Huddersfield Town Foundation, Leonard Cheshire Can Do Project, and Shelley FC, has seen two cohorts embark on practical work based learning tasks, backed up with volunteering opportunities at Shelley FC and Huddersfield Town F.C. In total, 26 students (adults with a learning disability or additional need), have enrolled onto the course.
So far, the pilot course has shown students skills around selling programmes, operating turnstiles, catering, and cleaning.
Course organiser, Fiona Hall explained:
“We want to give adults with a disability the opportunity to learn new skills, and then put them in to practice in a real setting. Shelley F.C. provides us with a safe, and sympathetic environment for us to test the skills that have been learned. We are hoping to re-enforce this, and ultimately help our candidates to apply for paid work in similar fields. We’re certainly seeing an increase in confidence, and having volunteers on hand at Shelley is really helpful.”
So far, several students have been involved on matchdays at Shelley F.C., selling programmes, selling football cards, and operating the turnstile / entry system
Other students will volunteer at Huddersfield Town matches, and other events.
It is hoped that following the evaluation of the first pilot course, DSY will be able to gain continued funding to support a full year course.