Para Football Academy Volunteers

By Saints Foundation Media time Fri 21 Feb Saints Foundation Only
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Saints Foundation brought two worlds together at Merryoak Community Centre.

Volunteers from our SaintsAbility project joined circuit training with our Senior Saints participants this week.

The aim of the collaboration was to bring the different generations together whilst allowing us to create positive change in the community.

Our SaintsAbility participants, who have disabilities ranging from hearing to learning impairments, are set to join our workforce, allowing them to build up their social skills in situations that may be different to them with the support of Saints Foundation staff.

Martin Sinclair, SaintsAbility Development Officer, who joined his charges at the session in Sholing, was delighted to see them getting involved with the circuit training. 

He said: “It gave them the opportunity to learn new skills and the seniors an opportunity to pass on practical and emotional wisdom. The underlying advantages of these relationships will help build a positive outlook on life and limit their focus on the negative.” 

Rory, who takes part in SaintsAbility sessions, added: “I really enjoyed the session. it was great to give back to the community after all the good things Saints Foundation has done for me in the last few years. 

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It was brilliant to enjoy myself whilst bringing smiles to the faces of the older generation

For our Generation Gains participants, who use sessions like circuit training to maintain their independence whilst remaining active and social, benefitted too. 

Paul Hedges, Health Pillar Manager, reflected: “Seeing the two demographics interacting together was a real privilege. 

“This may be the one time a week some of our older participants will engage with a younger person. Keeping yourself socially active is really important and you can learn a lot from talking to people who you wouldn’t normally interact with.

“We are looking forward to doing more of this at our other sessions in the future.”   

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