Sporting Family Change (SFC) work with some of Bath’s most vulnerable young people and families, using sport as the initial engagement tool to help inspire and motivate local children and families into making positive lifelong changes.
SFC’s approach is flexible, caring and holistic. They begin by increasing physical activity, building self-esteem and developing confidence in the participants and then work with the whole family through mentoring and their Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (H.O.P.E) programmes
St John’s awarded a community grant to Sporting Family Change to support their core funding over a three year period.
One of their key projects is ‘Natural Spaces, Feeding Faces’ where they work in collaboration with Bath City Farm [http://bathcityfarm.org.uk], to support local families in need when free school meal provision is unavailable
Jilly Edwards, a fundraiser at Sporting Family Change explains, “The funding from St John’s has been invaluable as it enabled us to increase our capacity and support more local families with complex needs, where poverty is known to be high. It also allowed us to build a new relationship with Bath City Farm, working in partnership with them and utilising their fantastic premises to host healthy activities, such as treasure hunts, gardening activities and sessions caring for their animals. Collectively, we achieved more than we could have if we worked independently.”
Without St John’s support, more children and families would be isolated, in crisis and facing increased physical and mental health issues. One mother participating in the project said “It is great to get the kids out of the house as a family, especially during the long summer holiday. If anyone can join Sporting Family Change, I’d say do it, because it’s changed my life”