Month: October 2020

Chester FC Community Trust is providing subsidised places for children eligible for free school meals at its holiday club this half-term thanks to funding from the Welcome Network.
 
The award from the Welcome Network’s Holiday Grant Fund will see youngsters receive a healthy lunch and take part in a day of fun organised football activities with qualified coaches at the Deva Stadium.
 
A limited number of subsided places are available for each day at a cost of £5 per child and these must be booked in advance with all activities adhering to current guidance.
 
Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Welcome Network for this grant that means we can extend our existing holiday provision to support families eligible for free school meals.
 
“Marcus Rashford’s campaign has brought the issue of holiday hunger to the fore and it is a sad reality for many children across the UK and within our community.
 
“The work of the Welcome Network in tackling food poverty in West Cheshire is vitally important and we plan to work closely with them to help highlight this issue and ensure children don’t go hungry.”
 
Stephanie Ellis, Welcome Network Manager said: “We are delighted to support Chester FC Community Trust in funding places for local children eligible for free school meals.
 
“It’s a fantastic initiative by the Community Trust and I hope that the children really enjoy the soccer schools and the healthy lunch provided by the club’s community cafe.”
 
For more information about the subsidised places, email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.

Chester FC Community Trust has been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to help tackle mental health.
 
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund will enable the Community Trust to run two football sessions a week for men who have experienced a mental health problem.
 
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions on the nation’s mental health has been significant, and £7,030 grant means the Community Trust can extend its existing mental wellbeing football provision in response to increasing demand.
 
Running in Chester and Ellesmere Port, the project, delivered in partnership with For Futures and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), provides weekly organised football activities alongside opportunities to talk to a mental health support worker, helping improve participants’ mental and physical wellbeing.
 
Community Trust CEO Jim Green said: “We are hugely grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund and Government for this funding.
 
“Lockdown and the continued impact of the pandemic has increased the number of people experiencing a mental health problem and we know that being active and playing sport has a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
 
“Many of our participants experience other issues such as unemployment, loneliness and homelessness which affects their mental health, and this project helps them make new friends, access additional support and remove the stigma around talking about mental health.
 
“Demand for these sessions has increased since lockdown ended and this grant will allow us to respond to this, engaging with and supporting more people to improve their mental health.”
 
Craig Lewis, a Clinical Lead within CWP, said: “Lockdown has been difficult for everyone especially those who are isolated, vulnerable and have poor mental health.
 
“The return of the football could not come soon enough as it may be the only people they see all week. It has improved their social life and physical health. When on the pitch, everyone is equal.”
 
For more information about the Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing sessions, email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.