New Door Step Club at YMCA Erdington

“New sports session to commence at brand new sports facility in Erdington”

Erdington based Community Interest Company, Start Again Project are pleased to announce a new sports programme to take place at the brand new sports hall at the YMCA in Erdington.

The organisation has received funding from the national sports charity Street Games, to set up a new Door Step Club programme for young people aged 14 to 25 who suffer with their physical and mental health and face barriers to participating in regular sport.

The programme will take place every Monday at the recently opened YMCA community facility between 12:30pm and 2pm.

The session will involve a variety of sports and activities including accessing the Street Games network of festivals and events across other towns and cities. Importantly the session will also take advantage of the excellent facilities at the venue which provides an opportunity to socialise and meet like-minded young people.

Erdington based Start Again Project has been in existence for 8 years delivering outreach sport and well-being programmes and providing semi supported accommodation to some of the city’s most vulnerable young people.

Jamie Bunch, Director for Sport and Meaningful Activity at Start Again Project said “We are pleased to team up with Street Games and YMCA Erdington to develop more sports opportunities, especially for young people who face barriers to participating in mainstream sport. The sessions will be delivered in our own community by qualified and experienced staff that will ensure all young people will have great fun and enjoyment playing a variety of sports in a safe and secure environment”

Established in 2005, Street Games helps to make sport more widely available for young people living in disadvantaged communities throughout the UK. The benefits of this ‘doorstep sports’ approach include providing a wide range of sports and activities in the right style, at the right time. 

For more information please call 0121 604 9637 or contact [email protected]

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UEFA Foundation for Children Funding

“Start Again Project CIC secure UEFA funding for local young people”

Erdington based Community Interest Company, Start Again Project have successfully secured funding from UEFA to deliver weekly football programmes and support sessions to young people from new and arriving communities in Birmingham.

The two year funded programme will aim to engage young people between the ages of 12 – 25 years to a variety of venues across the city.  Specific programmes will be developed by Start Again female coaches with the aim of engaging girls and women.

The Erdington based organisation has been in existence for 8 years delivering outreach sport and well-being programmes and providing semi supported accommodation to some of the city’s most vulnerable young people.

Working with local partners and community groups across Birmingham, the project will recruit young people who are newly arrived in the UK and seeking asylum.

Participants will have the opportunity to train and play in football sessions on a weekly basis in community sport facilities that aim to provide physical and mental health benefits to their everyday lives.

Essentially at each session Start Again Project will provide expertise to assist the young people with accommodation advice and guidance. This will also be complimented by inviting local training and careers organisation’s to support young people’s employment prospects.

Jamie Bunch, Director for Sport and Meaningful Activity at Start Again Project said “The power of sport for social change is well documented and we are really pleased and thankful to UEFA Foundation for Children for funding us to develop the project in Birmingham. Been able to play football will provide health and social benefits however the expertise and guidance to accommodation and other areas of personal need really makes this project unique for young people who are new to the Birmingham community”.

The first sessions to start will commence on the 1st August and take place every Thursday 1pm – 2:30pm until 1st September 2016 at Power League Aston, with further venues and programmes starting in September to be announced in due course.

For more information please call 0121 604 9637 or contact [email protected]

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Start Again Welcomes New Director Of Sport & Physical Wellbeing To The Team

Start Again Project extends a warm welcome to our new Director of Sport & Physical Wellbeing, Jamie Bunch.

Jamie, who joins the team at a pivotal season in our growth will oversea the development of Start Again’s Health and Wellbeing programmes which include sport, physical activity and mentoring. Start Again recognises the role sport and wider meaningful activity can play in the support of young people. In the few short months Jamie has been with Start Again he has already played a significant role in ensuring that our services are developing according to the needs of our young people and also tightening the work we undertake with our partners.

Jamie initially pursued a career as a footballer, enjoying seasons as a young professional with Birmingham City FC and then on a part-time basis with several non league Football Clubs. He remained in football as an administrator, joining West Bromwich Albion’s Football in the Community Scheme. During his 13 years with the West Midlands club, Jamie worked his way up to the position of Sporting Director, playing a lead role in the development of the rebranded Albion Foundation into a nationally recognised scheme. He has spearheaded many local, regional and national initiatives that branched out from the football development staple into wider sport and community initiatives, including the formation of the unique Sporting Club Albion concept. His skills and capabilities have taken him all over the country strategically working from grassroots to professional level with clubs such as Burton Albion, West Bromwich Albion’s Academy and Tottenham Hotspurs. Since returning to work in the Midlands Jamie has continued to work on a variety of programmes and initiatives though consultancy contracts and after initially providing some consultancy support to Start Again agreed to become a Director of Start Again Project.

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(Left to right: Deon Wignall, Jamie Bunch, Ed Wicks)

Speaking about his role with Start Again, Jamie Said:

“I am really pleased to have committed to Start Again Project after enjoying my time working here in a consultancy capacity. I’ve been at the forefront of developing community sport operations in professional football clubs in both London and the Black Country and I genuinely believe we have similar potential here. There is a real opportunity in Birmingham to create sport and meaningful activity based programmes that engage, inspire and make a real difference to the well being of local young people”

(Left to Right: Mark Peters, Jamie Bunch, Darren Byfield)

 

Jamie will play an active role in the development of new partnerships for Start Again. When asked his thought’s on the importance of this, he said:

“Creating genuine working partnerships will be essential, especially in these changing times however we hope the quality of our work and the impact it has will enable us to attract the resources to allow us to increase our provision across the city”.

On Your Bike! Birmingham City Council Helps Take Young People For A Ride

Birmingham City Council has presented Start Again Project with 19 Mountain bikes to help the young people they work with improve their mobility and access opportunities.

The Council’s Big Birmingham Bike Scheme which launched in October 2015 is part of a £54.4 million investment from the Department of Transport and match funders to help Birmingham residents improve their mobility and improve their mental and physical health. The scheme which will be funded from 2014 to 2018 will deliver up to 5000 bikes to Birmingham and develop and locate 22 cycle centres with support from leisure centres and parks. It will also provide up to 1000 bikes for community groups and individuals to use for free on a long term basis.

One such community group is Birmingham based Social Enterprise, Start Again Project; which since being established in 2009 has worked with nearly 3000 young people from deprived areas across the city, dealing with multiple issues affecting their positive development, such as poor mental health, homelessness, unemployment and domestic abuse. Start Again recently relaunched their Sport & Wellbeing programme commissioned by Birmingham Public Health, which delivers a range of activities such as Football, Netball, Cricket, Walking and now Biking.

On the 9th November 2015, Big Birmingham Bikes, Cycling and Development Officer Ed Wicks presented a few members of the Start Again Project team with the first of 19 bikes donated to the project. When asked about the hopes he has for the scheme he said:

We’d like to make bicycles available to people across Birmingham where the cost of purchasing a bike may be an obstruction to owning or using one. This may be to improve mobility for employment opportunities or just to improve physical or mental health. We’re working with various groups and organisations to do this including Start Again, St Basils, CRI (Reach Out Recovery) and Public Health England as these groups already work with and have identified people that could benefit from cycling in some way or other.”

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(Left to right: Jamie Bunch, Deon Wignall, Ed Wicks)

The Bikes now mean that young people living within Start Again’s accommodation have access to ‘pool transport’ which will enable them to get to and from interviews, appointments easier and generally improve their physical health and wellbeing.

Of the donation, Jamie Bunch, Start Again’s Director of Sport & Physical Wellbeing said:

“We’re really pleased to work with the Bike Scheme to provide our residential young people with bikes. Following the recent boom in cycling we have heard lots about the physical health benefits however we should not underestimate how this supports young people’s emotional well-being through a means of transport to places like college and work. The bikes have proven to be very popular and we look forward to developing more cycling sessions across the city in our outreach programmes which aims to support those young people who would like to access sport or activity to improve their well-being.

For more information on this article, contact Daina Anderson at Social Enterprise Marketing on 0121 448 5570 / 07961759975 or [email protected].

A Start Again Project & Birmingham City Council Representative are available for comment on this piece.

For more information on Start Again Project visit www.start-again.co.uk

Birmingham Public Health Recommissions Start Again To Help Young People Tackle Mental Health

In the wake of the New Mental Health Charter for Sport & Recreation, Birmingham Public Health have commissioned Start Again Project to use Sports and Physical Activity to help engage young people suffering from poor mental health.

The recent commission will enable Start Again Project to continue to deliver their ongoing Sport & Wellbeing Programme aimed at improving the lives of young people suffering with mental health and emotional issues. The programme which continues to be rolled out across Birmingham throughout October/November 2015 comes in the wake of the newly launched Mental Health Charter; created by the Sports and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players association. The Charter, which is designed to set out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental health and the stigma around it, has garnered support from a number of professional athletes such as ex-professional footballer Jimmy Bullard, Olympic silver medallist Gale Emms, Horse Racing Jockey Frankie Dettori and Tour De France winner Chris Froome to name a few. Now, local Social Enterprise Start Again Project is set to join The Mental Health Charters rank of growing number of affiliates this winter.

Start Again is a pioneering Social Enterprise that provides services in Physical Activity, Sport and Supported Accommodation which aim to improve the life chances of young people dealing with complex issues such as homelessness, poor mental health, domestic abuse, social exclusion and anti-social behaviour. Through the work they do, young people are encouraged to build their self-esteem, confidence and raise their aspirations to enable them to live a more independent life. To date, the organisation which has been in operation since 2009 has supported over 2,500 young people across the West Midlands.

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Start Again All Nations Football Fest August 2015

The Sport & Wellbeing Programme will deliver a range of activities such as Football, Netball, Cricket, Walking and biking with an aim to engage young people between the ages of 13 to 30, whilst creating a fun environment where young people feel safe with no expectations on their physical abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to open up about their complex issues to people and staff that will help and guide them into progressive avenues. Young people wanting to take part are able to self-refer and attend any of the sessions as long as, they reside in Birmingham, are not in regular sport or physical activity, and have previously experienced or are experiencing some level of emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, lack of self-confidence, social exclusion or generally just feeling down.

Speaking about the upcoming project, Start Again Founder Mark Peters said:

“There’s concrete evidence that demonstrates the benefits that participating in sport and physical activity has on improving wellbeing as well as the social recovery of an individual from prescribed medications. However, evidence also demonstrates many young people are reluctant to inform GP’s and professionals about their emotional and mental health issues. Through this programme we provide a unique platform for young people to take part in regular physical activity but just as importantly work with our staff that will listen and help the access the appropriate professional support.” 

For more information on this article, contact Daina Anderson at Social Enterprise Marketing on 0121 448 5570 / 07961759975 or [email protected]. A Start Again Project & Birmingham Public Health Representative is available for comment on this piece.

For more information on Start Again Project visit www.start-again.co.uk

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Start Again Hosts Birmingham Communities League

We’re excited to announce that Start Again is delivering the Macron Birmingham Communities League for the second year running! The first ever Communities Champions League semi-final, between Birmingham Communities League runners up Kurdish FC and Sandwell Communities League winners, Sparkhill United kicked off on Tuesday 5th May at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club and a series of matches are scheduled over the months of May and June.

Sparkhill United, a former Birmingham Communities League team are looking to do the double this season as league champions and Champions League champions. Kurdish FC only pipped the Birmingham Communities League on the last day of the season all because of Athletic Midlands’s perfect season. This is a game that is likely to be highly competitive and a great spectacle for all involved, who’s excited? We at Start Again sure are!

The following week, it is the turn of Birmingham Communities League winners Athletic Midlands, who are not only looking to do the treble of league, cup and champions league but also maintain their 100% record this season in competitive games. They come up against Sandwell Communities League runners-up H.E.S United FC, who in their fantastic first season look to put their disappointment of losing the league to Sparkhill United behind them. This Game Kicks off at 7:30pm, Tuesday 12th May Sutton Coldfield Town FC.

We are back at Sutton Coldfield Town again on the 19th May for the Birmingham Communities League Cup Final Game between Athletic Midlands and Sporting Sandwell FC. In this 7:30pm kick off Athletic Midlands will be looking to do a “domestic” double in winning Birmingham Communities League and Cup. However Sporting Sandwell FC are looking to brush off a somewhat disappointing season in the league by walking out with the cup.

The Communities Champions League final will be played June 5th at Ray Hall Lane, home of the Birmingham County Football Association.

The Birmingham Communities League and Sandwell Communities League are both looking for new teams for the 2015/2016 season. With a mixture of relaxed rules (rolling substitutions and disciplinary procedures) as well as playing less regularly than mainstream leagues.

From this we also look to develop the clubs and individuals within the leagues from helping to become a charter standard club and help with funding to coaching and refereeing courses.


Communities Champions League semi-final

– Kurdish FC vs Sparkhill United

Tuesday 5th May

7:30PM

Sutton Coldfield Town FC

 

– Athletic Midlands vs H.E.S United FC

Tuesday 12th May

7:30pm

Sutton Coldfield Town FC


 

Birmingham Communities League Cup Final Game

– Athletic Midlands vs Sporting Sandwell FC

Tuesday 19th May

7:30pm

Sutton Coldfield Town FC


 

Anyone looking for more information should contact:

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

Birmingham Communities League Table and News hub:

http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=2025938

 

Social Media

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Start Again Project is looking to recruit 2 Support Workers. Could one of them be you?

Start Again Project

A Community Interest Company whose mission is to enable young people to develop their personal, and social development. Enabling them to lead a fuller life in their communities. Are recruiting for 2 Youth Support Worker posts 16hrs and 20hrs per week.

Based in Birmingham, with a growing network of development and delivery partners in the UK and overseas, our objective is to provide a range of opportunities that enable young people to develop understanding and skills allowing them to:

  • Build confidence to broaden horizons
  • Socialise and have fun
  • Inspire young people to set their own goals
  • To provide relevant and appropriate opportunities to young people
  • Promote healthy living
  • Provide safe homes and stability

As the successful candidate you would be instrumental in assisting young people in making a transition to independent living in a caring and structured environment ensuring a multi-agency approach to delivering bespoke support tailored to the individual needs of each young person we work with.

Deadline for Applications is Friday 4th April 2014 – 5pm

Please return applications to [email protected]

For further information please email [email protected] or call 0121 347 6287

Interviews will take place on Monday 14th April 2014.

If you have not been contacted by April 8th you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Support Worker position annual salary £16,575 (pro rata to 20 hrs/16 hours).

These Post will be in operation until March 31st 2015 with the possibility of being extended beyond dependant on contracts.

Click here to for more details of the posts and click here to apply for the post.

Start Again Project is looking to recruit a Sport’s Coach. Is that you?

Start Again Project

A Community Interest Company whose mission is to enable young people to develop their personal, and social development. Enabling them to lead a fuller life in their communities.

Based in Birmingham, with a growing network of development and delivery partners in the UK and overseas, our objective is to provide a range of opportunities that enable young people to develop understanding and skills allowing them to:

  • Build confidence to broaden horizons
  • Socialise and have fun
  • Inspire young people to set their own goals
  • To provide relevant and appropriate opportunities to young people
  • Promote healthy living
  • Provide safe homes and stability

Start Again Project as part of a consortium of organisations delivering Community Activation Sports Project, funded by the Sport England, will provide sports based sessions (predominately Football) and activities for participants from Ladywood and Perry Barr district. Start Again Project are currently looking to recruit a top quality Sports Coach who will be responsible for supporting the (Project Lead) in the delivery of the programme. The newly appointed Sports Coach will be employed on a part-time basis (15 hours per week) on a 24-month fixed-term contract until 31st January 2016, and will earn a salary of £16,500 per annum pro rata. Start Again Project are looking for an exceptional candidate, who has a real passion and skill for working with and alongside underprivileged young people/adults through sports development using football as a tool to develop local community leagues and sessions.

As the successful candidate you would be instrumental in building a portfolio of targeted programmes and projects that will exploit the strengths of the organisation and collaboration to create diversified income streams that promote sustainability for Start Again project.

 

For more details, click here to download the full job specification.

To apply for the position, click here to download and print an application form.

Start Again Project Goes Live!

The Start Again Project new web site is now live. We hope you like it?

We’ve made some improvements and added some new features to make it easy for users to navigate their way around. The revised Supported Living category has been updated to include a easy-to-use Referall Form in the Emrgency Housing section. We also have a online Participation Form if you wish to take part in SAP’s range of Coaching courses.

The site was redesigned and built by our partner, Peter Scarks Design.

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Calling all Property Owners

Are you a property owner? Would you like a guaranteed income?

As part of the Government’s Empty Homes Community Grants Fund, Start Again has been awarded funding to bring empty homes back into use. This enables us to further support vulnerable young people by providing safe, good quality, independent accommodation for those leaving supported environments. All we need are empty properties.

Are you interested ? Click here to learn more