The CSYV programme, funded over the years by partners such as the Co-operative, ‘v’ and the Social Action Fund, was established in 2007 with the aim of supporting the development of young volunteers at doorstep sport projects.
The Everybody Sport and Recreation Volunteer Programme plays an integral role in the delivery and development of sport, play and leisure activities within Cheshire East. Providing volunteers with the platform to contribute, develop and excel.
Volunteering has always been important for Blaenau Gwent’s StreetGames project. When the project first started delivering sessions in 2009, they found that they had a much better response from young people when the sessions were led by local young volunteers. The opportunity to have three full-time volunteering placements through the BT Supporters Fund was a natural progression for them.
Tyrone typifies the selflessness of all Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers. He started volunteering when he was 15 having decided to give local children the opportunities that he didn't have growing up. His passion is basketball and the drive he's shown has had massive impact on the sport in his area.
Charles has come a long way since moving to the UK as a refugee and with no family at the age of 14. Having joined his local StreetGames project - the Northampton Street Football Project - he has gone on to become a Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer, coaching kids of all ages and is now seen as a big brother my many of the participants.
Recognising you are drifting towards trouble can be difficult. When you are in the centre of a group, you cannot always step outside and see the potential there is for steering your life along the wrong path. Fortunately for Leon McCollin, he was able to do just that. He hasn’t looked back since.
Future Flames ambassador Andrew Lofthouse, 19, from Stockport, volunteers with StreetGames. At 16, Andrew became one of the youngest instructors of Thai Boxing in the UK, using it to change his horizons at a difficult time in his life. He is now chairman of charity Young Bank, volunteers in his community and mentors other young people.
Few of us are blessed with the inner strength of Jason Sarginson. Just 18 short months ago, with life spinning viciously into a tailspin, Jason was without hope and even a home.
He had relocated to Stoke-on-Trent from nearby Cannock due to family issues. He knew nobody there, had no job and had little money on which to survive. He moved into a Salvation Army shelter but instead of sitting alone in his room feeling sorry for himself, he decided to turn his life around.