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.
We have analysed the work we do in community sport to change sport, change communities and change lives. In this paper we give examples of how we’re helping to create safer communities in areas of high crime, increasing volunteering and social action, and improving health and well-being for young people in disadvantaged communities.