NU Futures is an innovative wellbeing and employability programme that can be a stepping stone into career in sports, fitness and leisure industry. Based at Sedbergh Community Centre, allows learners to develop essential for employability skills like stress management, attention focusing, gaining work experience, developing a positive outlook and many more. Programme runs for 8 weeks with 2 meeting per each week, Thursday and Friday, with an option of gaining additional work experience during weekends. Programme runs from 9:30am - 2:30pm each day. Classes have been aimed at anyone aged over 19, therefore, it was designed to remove the barrier in a form of a school run, but if a learner struggles to arrive, it will receive support in that field.
Sportworks is a proud company that have a 98% progression rate into employment, further education or volunteering, with 100% of learners stating that they are now more confident, have higher self-esteem and can manage their stress levels more effectively. Sportworks had worked efficiently with many learners with different conditions such as obesity, angina, depression, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, physical disability, COPD or elderly.
Regarding employability, course is taken from learner point of view as a business owner. It has been found more effective due to learner higher engagement in developing action plans and then applying it into work and sustaining employment.
All learners will complete a full mindfulness programme which is delivered by the director of ‘Mindful Me Health & Wellbeing’, an organisation that we have worked closely with over several years to develop and deliver a mindfulness ethos in all that we do. The mindfulness delivery will consist of 6, 1-hour sessions which will include guidance, self-reflection and appropriate meditations. These practices can be used to cope with difficult situations and also to improve attention. Moreover, participants will undergo a first aid course that is an accredited level 2 qualification recognised in the offices across UK.
English and Maths are fully integrated into the course as a inseparable pat of when learning about physical health. Engagement activities are carefully chosen, considering the interests, experiences, abilities and mental health of the group.
The exercise sessions take place each afternoon at Richard Dunn and then Sedbergh Sports Centre from 16/11 and are designed to meet the individual needs of each learner and progress them to a point where they are able to take control of their own fitness session with the confidence that they will see progress and be able to work around injuries or illness.
Learners will also receive a 2-month of free gym pass and membership to the Bradford Council sport centres so that they can continue self-improvement, develop structure, and introduce using exercise as an incentive to start the day in a positive manner.