Who we help
Who We help
We've Helped Over Half A Million People So Far!
The main reason for our work is to improve the lives of young people living in our community. Since Inspire Suffolk began over a decade ago, we have helped over half a million young people across Suffolk. We work hard to provide opportunities through sport to help each child, young person or adult to make a difference and improve their lives. Check out some of their stories.
October 2010, Chloe Mills, 15, signed up to ITFC Charitable Trust’s Healthy Lifestyle course based at Portman Road to get fitter in time for Christmas. Having successfully completed the course Chloe now acts as a mentor for other young people taking part in the programme.
"It Made Me Realise Exercise Can Be Fun"
Activ8it plus offers support, guidance and advice to young people looking to make a real difference to their health by not only teaching them the importance of exercise and a healthy diet but also how they can realistically achieve it.
Chloe said: “Before I joined Activ8it plus I would come in from school and just sit and watch TV, but taking part in the Activ8it plus sessions made me realise exercise can be fun and that I could do it outside school with friends.
“But it wasn’t just exercise challenges we had to do, it was also water challenges and food challenges to help us improve our diet” added Chloe.
Chloe now encourages other young people to make the same changes she did to her lifestyle.
Ed Miller was born with Cerebral Palsy and whilst this hasn’t stopped him living his life to the full, he came to a low point in his life where he had a lack of direction and little to work towards.
“Trying To Find A Job Is Hard
At The Moment, But It’s Twice
As Hard When You Have
Two years on and Ed became an Assistant Team Leader for the Trust’s Team Programme, he played and coached for the ITFC Charitable Trust’s disabled football team, gained a football coaching qualification (which was funded by the Trust) and has even gone for trials for the national Cerebral Palsy football team. This was all thanks to the Trust’s Team Programme which became a real life-changing experience for Ed.
Ed said “Trying to find a job is hard at the moment, but it’s twice as hard when you have a disability. I am so thankful to the Trust for giving me all these great opportunities as it really has changed my life for the better and I’m now looking forward to the future.
“Having the Team programme based at Portman Road too was really inspiring. It’s such a big part of the Town and an exciting place to come and learn.”
After completing the Team Programme Dwayne started working with the Trust as one of our regular part time FA qualified coaches, helping hundreds of children to have fun improving their football and multi-sport skills on many of the courses we run all over the county. He enjoyed his work, finding it rewarding and his Trust colleagues speak highly of his professionalism and hard work. Although Dwayne has now moved on to new ventures, his experience on the Team Programme and working at the Trust has helped him to get back into employment once again.
A bricklayer by trade, Dwayne was unfortunately a victim of the recent economic downturn finding himself unemployed. Despite his persistent efforts, like many others in the construction business at the time, he found it increasingly difficult to find work. Having very little to focus on in everyday life, is a test for anyone’s morale and confidence and Dwayne was no different.
"It Was A Great Experience And One That I Will Never Forget"
It wasn’t until a friend mentioned our Team Programme, which helps to get people like Dwayne back into employment that he decided to try a different tactic and since applying to take part on our Team Programme, he hasn’t looked back.
“I gained so much from the Team Programme and the 3 months on the course was a life changing experience. ”
“Not only am I now employed doing something I really enjoy, but I’m so much more confident and have a whole group of new friends" said Dwayne.
He added: “There were a couple of moments on the course that really stood out as turning points for me. The first was taking part in the military experience. As a group we learnt a lot about each other in that week and what we could achieve if we worked together.
“The second thing was re-decorating the ex-serviceman’s club in Leiston. Knowing that me and my teammates had made a difference to the lives of other people by improving their club gave us all a real sense of achievement.
“The entire 12-weeks was a great experience and one that I will never forget. Anyone who is in the same position as I was should go for it!”
Several years ago, Karen’s son Ryan took part in a ITFC Charitable Trust education initiative which changed his life. Whilst Ryan wasn’t diagnosed with autism, he is on the autistic scale, suffered with severe anxiety and anger management problems and tourettes.
"It Helped Him To Control His Anxiety And Anger"
Through a Trust’s Education programme, Ryan was given the opportunity to not only improve his academic skills in a fun and engaging way through sport, but also the chance to meet friends, gain confidence and learn to work as part of a team which is something he had struggled with in the past.
Karen says: “Attending The Winning Post at Newmarket made an incredible difference to Ryan and my family. It helped him to control his anxiety and anger, gave him confidence and taught him how to work with others.”
Recently Karen’s daughter Heleana also took part in one of our education projects; “Whilst Heleana is a very bright girl, she lacked confidence and the Charitable Trust really helped her to excel” said Karen.
Like most children, Ed Boggis enjoyed playing football with his friends; however taking part in training and matches wasn’t as straight forward for Ed as it was for his peers.
Having Down’s Syndrome meant that whilst he was a talented player, he was fighting a constant and exhausting battle in an attempt to keep up with his non-disabled team-mates, which didn’t help Ed’s confidence on or off the pitch.
Five years on and thanks to the Trust’s disability football programme Ability Counts, 17-year-old Ed now has the same football opportunities as mainstream football players, regularly playing with and competing against boys of a similar age and ability and even captaining his team in regional competitions.
These sessions haven’t just provided Ed with the chance to take part in regular training and competitive matches but have improved his fitness, self-esteem, confidence and overall well being too.
Ed’s parents Phil and Alison see the positive impact this programme has on their son and have even benefited from his involvement in the programme themselves;
“As parents, we have seen our son develop and mature over the past five years. Ed has gained a great deal from being involved in the project in that he has made new friends, learnt to be considerate of others as well as improving his fitness and of course his football skills and ability.
“It has also given us the chance to meet and speak with other parents who have children with additional needs and their support has been invaluable.
“We have shared so many good moments with Ed over the past few years whilst we watch our son from the sidelines each week. The smiles and cheers when he scores a goal and the encouragement he gives his team-mates are memories we will treasure.”
If you would like more information on our disability football programmes please contact Tom Nicolas on (01473) 400553 or e-mail email@example.com