When Westfield Health joined the Trust as a Double Gold partner for the Starting Blocks Challenge we knew it was going to be an incredible partnership, but this snapshot from one week in March gives a great insight into all the different activities taking place.

When creating a partnership, it’s brilliant to see on paper all the things you hope to achieve, but less often that you take the opportunity to take a step back and look at all the amazing activities that are going on.

A partnership with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust isn’t just about sponsorship, or funding, it’s about two organisations coming together to support each other and to help improve the lives of others. Through our activity with Westfield Health, opportunities for employee engagement and teamwork, and a desire to generate positive change in the local community are creating long lasting positive impact on young people’s lives.

Football

Members of staff from Westfield Health and the Trust joined forces to take part in the Business Fives five a side football tournament in Sheffield. Emphasising all that is good about the partnership, the players formed two teams with the sides made up of players from both organisations. Like the partnership itself, the day proved to be a great success, with over £1,100 raised for the Trust, and like the young people the partnership pledges to support, the teams benefitted from the unique experience of working with world-class athletes with athlete mentors James Kirtin, Adam Whitehead and Chris Elliott joining the team. In a brilliant finish to the day, both teams managed to win their respective competitions, the first time a Champions League and Europa League double has been achieved according to the organisers.

Players from the teams are pictured below with Sheffield United legend Brian Deane.

On Track to Achieve

Supporting young people to develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem is at the heart of the Trust’s work, and funding from Westfield Health is allowing us to support 160 students across ten schools in the Sheffield area. With sessions underway in all schools, students from Fir Vale and Parkwood have in the last few weeks been working with athlete mentors James Kirton and Paul Broadbent on their team building skills and building their aspirations for the future while also planning social action projects that will benefit the local community.

  

Championing Mental Health Awareness

Two of our most experienced athlete mentors, Adam Whitehead and Jenny Wallwork visited the Westfield Health offices recently to record content for Westfield Health’s employees, and their corporate clients. Adam and Jenny talked about their experiences in dealing with mental ill health and managing eating disorders for content that will be available to staff at Westfield Health as well as corporate customers of Westfield Health’s wellbeing programmes. The hope is that these videos help to normalise mental wellbeing and the importance of communicating with people and encouraging people to talk and understand where they can go for help if needed.  

 

Young Leaders

In partnership with the Sheffield United Community Foundation, sixteen young leaders have been working with our athlete mentors Adam and Jenny to develop leadership skills and become agents of change in their community. Over the last few weeks, they have taken part in team building exercises to start bonding as a group and learned about leadership roles and what behaviours and attitudes make excellent leaders. As the programme progresses, the group will be going into local schools and the community to lead wellbeing initiatives they have devised that will have a huge impact on the lives of young people in Sheffield.

Alongside the activity outlined above there is so much more happening behind the scenes with members of Westfield Health staff taking on Starting Blocks Challenges and raising huge amounts of money for the Trust, athletes working with Westfield Health members of staff to deliver Bite Size Briefings on a wide range of health and wellbeing subjects in schools and much more besides.

For more information on how a partnership with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust would benefit your organisation and employees, please drop Rich or Pippa a message on [email protected]