How do we demonstrate the value of sport and physical activity to the homelessness sector?

Posted: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:41

How do we demonstrate the value of sport and physical activity to the homelessness sector?

The crisis of inequality and homelessness that young people in England are facing is nothing new. However, the fall-out of COVID-19 has made the emergency even more severe. As a result, homelessness and risk of homelessness is an even bigger challenge affecting young people in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. Covid-19 has significantly impacted on physical and mental health, finances and support systems in place and will continue to do so.

The Young People Forward project aimed to use a sport for development approach to improve physical and mental health, self-efficacy and resilience of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. The project was launched in October 2020 and comes to an end this September 2021. Additional Active Partnerships were also involved in delivering local programmes.

At Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Young People Forward introduced an exciting opportunity to work directly with the homelessness sector. With limited experience previously working with homelessness charities and organisations the project encouraged us to make new contacts in the network and facilitate positive steps to introduce sport and physical activity as a catalyst for positive change amongst young people.

From Active Partnerships.

Tags: Health, Physical Activity, Sport, participation