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Robins Foundation delivery update

In light of new governmental restrictions, Bristol City Robins Foundation will alter its delivery to continue to support the community.

Whilst the new lockdown restrictions mean that the Foundation will not be able to deliver many of its community outreach programmes in person, City’s official charity will continue to be there for those who need it most and support the community throughout this period of lockdown.

Education

All education courses offered by Bristol City Robins Foundation will move to online platforms with all lectures and teacher support sessions taking place digitally.

Each student enrolled with the Foundation’s post-16 department have been provided with capability to work remotely and every student in need of laptops or equipment in order to take part in online learning have been provided for.

For many, this period of lockdown will be a challenging time and the Foundation’s education department are committed to ensuring that no student faces these challenges alone. Lecturers will hold frequent one-to-one ‘catch up’ sessions to ensure that all students are supported emotionally and personally as well as academically.

For further information or should you have any questions about the Foundation’s education provision please contact education@bcfc.co.uk

Community Delivery

Combating food insecurity

As schools are forced to close their doors, many of our community’s most vulnerable young people will face the prospect of going hungry. With more than 1 in 10 households in Bristol experiencing food insecurity, the coming months will be a challenging time.

More than 1 in 10 households in Bristol face food insecurity 
State of Bristol Key Stats 2020

Working alongside FareShare South West, the Robins Foundation will continue to combat this and deliver food directly to the doors of vulnerable families across the city. In December alone, the Foundation delivered food for more than 2000 meals to vulnerable families, a number which will rise significantly over the coming months.

Robins Foundation delivering meals to vulnerable families across Bristol

Premier League Primary Stars

City’s official charity provides support to thousands of primary school students across Bristol through its Premier League Primary Stars programme and this support will remain in place throughout lockdown.

The Foundation’s Primary Stars coaches will continue to deliver the programme in schools remaining open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

In addition to this, the Primary Stars programme will continue to be delivered remotely with coaches providing fun learning resources and online activities to children and teachers across the city.

For further information, contact: james.howiantz@bcfc.co.uk

Slim2Win

The in-person delivery of the Robins Foundation’s men’s health and wellbeing project, Slim2Win, will be temporarily suspended however the support networks will remain available to those taking part in Slim2Win. The Foundation’s coaches will be on hand to provide advice and motivation for participants through the communication networks provided.

Participants will also receive initiations to a number of virtual social sessions, featuring a few special guests.

To find out more, contact: lee.gillett@bcfc.co.uk

FIT Robins

The Foundation’s free health programme will continue to help participants make the changes need to lead healthier lives through weekly online sessions. Qualified coaches will provide advice, guidance and support to participants, enabling them to continue on their journey to healthier lives.

Click here to read more about how the session has changed former FIT ROBINS participant, Brian’s, life.

For further information, contact: lee.gillett@bcfc.co.uk

Disability Football

The Foundation’s team of disability football coaches will provide a range of resources and activities specifically designed to enable those with disabilities the chance to stay active whilst remaining at home.  

All existing participants of the Foundation’s various disability football sessions and their families will receive weekly contact from the Robins Foundation’s coaches to check on their wellbeing and provide them with support throughout this time.

For more information, contact: sam.smith@bcfc.co.uk

Walking Football

At Bristol City Robins Foundation’s Walking Football sessions, the social side of football is just as important as the physical side and therefore during this period of lockdown when sessions are unable to take place, all walking football participants will receive regular phone calls from members of the Foundation’s coaching team to check in and have a bit of a natter.

For more information, contact: lee.gillett@bcfc.co.uk

I-Mentor

This innovative programme operated by the Robins Foundation for young people living in care will continue to provide mentoring for all of those involved in the project throughout lockdown.

Mentors will continue to stay in regular contact with their mentees providing them with emotional support.

For further information, contact: jon.pinches@bcfc.co.uk

Swerve & Premier League Kicks

The Foundation’s Swerve and Premier League Kicks projects will continue to provide young people from the most underprivileged and deprived areas of the city with the opportunity to engage in something positive throughout this period of lockdown.

The coaching team will remain in contact throughout this time with the young people and will offer a support line for any of those who are struggling with this period of isolation.

In addition to this, the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks Youth Council, ‘Ignite’ will continue to regularly meet via digital platforms to discuss the ways in which the Foundation can best support young people in the community.

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