The final programme in the Sanctuary Supported Living partnership finished yesterday with the final session in Banbury. In a change from the other projects, the group decided to combine the delivery of their social action project with their celebratory GO event.

Athlete mentor Liz Cann takes up the story:

Yesterday's GO event in Banbury went extremely well. The three young people that we were working with came up with the great idea of putting on a football event in order to increase their social networks. This is particularly important for them as they don't have their families in this country. They got in touch with any contacts that they had and invited them along to the day and encouraged them to bring other people that they knew so that they could all join in. In total there were 26 players, all from different countries including Zambia, Senegal, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco and Albania and the atmosphere was inclusive, friendly and fun.


They really demonstrated their team work abilities that they have developed during the Get On Track programme as they all took on various roles as the event progressed.  They also used their new found leadership skills when they really stepped up and played a part in running the day which included organising the teams, making sure everyone had the correct kit on, ensuring fair and friendly play and generally making the day great fun for all.

The boys showed how much more confidence they have gained over the past few months. This was evident in the way they interacted with everyone present at the football game and how much they speak up and put themselves forward. 

Anna Turney, who was the lead athlete on the programme said:

It was a wonderful opportunity for vulnerable young asylum seekers facing difficulties to meet people and build up their social networks. It has been an honour to work with these courteous young people for the past four months and see them grow in confidence and develop skills including communication, teamwork and leadership. They are completing an ASDAN qualification and have also done a Level Two Award in Basic Life Support (Adults and Children) (RQF). We set some big challenges for them including running a social action project, and they came up and developed the idea themselves and it was a huge success.

Ibrahim, pictured in red above  said:

I plan to become a car mechanic, or possibly an entrepreneur and start my own business. I am studying mechanics in college this year as well as English and Maths. I enjoyed working with Anna and Liz, they are kind and respectful of everyone. They helped me when I didn’t understand and helped me to learn from my mistakes. 

The young people we have worked with have some great aspirations for the future. One of them wants to be a car mechanic, one wants to work in theatre and another wants to become a doctor. All three of them have fantastic personal qualities and are all keen to learn and develop themselves as individuals and they have each shown their capacity to take on board and implement new and important skills.

Anna and I are very excited for their future and wish them all the best.

The Trust would like to thank Sanctuary Supported Living for funding and partnering with us on these programmes in Banbury, Hartlepool, Brighton and Weston-super-Mare.