Confidence-building programme proves success

19 August 2019

Young adults from Hartlepool and Stockton are celebrating after successfully completing a six-month course aimed at improving their self-esteem and helping them enter employment.

Residents and Athletes celebrate confidence building programme in Hartlepool

The group have been taking part in the Get on Track initiative being run in partnership between Sanctuary Supported Living and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Elite athletes from the trust have been mentoring the group, who are all residents at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Victoria Road and Norton Road services in the towns, which provide support for vulnerable and homeless young people aged 16 to 25.

Former Olympic swimmer James Kirton and Commonwealth Games badminton player Jenny Wallwork have overseen a series of sessions designed to promote teamwork and build confidence.

Participants also enjoyed a day at Hartlepool Marina as part of the programme and also had the chance to study for a First Aid qualification in basic life support.

The group were also presented with certificates by James and Jenny at a celebration event.

Curtis Duke, one of the residents who took part, is now applying for apprenticeships as a sports coach with local schools.

He said: “Once I heard about the Get on Track programme I couldn’t wait to sign up for it.

“I have really enjoyed working with Jenny and James, they are really inspiring people as they are just like me and look what they have achieved. Sport is my passion in life and to do this as a career would be amazing.”

The Get on Track programme is being funded through £60,000 from Sanctuary Group’s community investment fund and is also taking place at Sanctuary Supported Living services in Banbury, Brighton and Weston-super-Mare.

Sonya Ellerton, Local Service Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Victoria Road, said: “Get on Track has been a huge success and everyone I’ve spoken to has really enjoyed working with the athletes.

“I have seen a significant improvement in the self-esteem of those who have taken part and I know they are looking forward to building on the skills they have learned in the future.”

Local Service Manager, Sonya Ellerton

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added: “The young people on this programme have faced significant challenges and barriers in life but through their resilience and new found self-esteem are beginning to see the best version of themselves.

“I’m so excited to see how they continue on their journey and how they will positively impact on those around them.”

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