Community Activity Leaders
This project gave over 140 young people who were not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in England the chance to get a job in the leisure industry.
The project opened doors to a career in the leisure industry. Participants were given the chance to become qualified fitness instructors and secure a job in the leisure industry while supporting their local communities. CALs promoted healthy lifestyles to local people.
CALs increased active leisure participation within local communities. Working with school sports partnerships and community, youth and cultural centres, CALs helped people of all backgrounds and ages get involved in leisure, sport and fitness in their local area. They also ensured that local leisure facilities were used as often as possible by offering innovative and community-orientated sessions during off-peak times.
Every CAL received expert training and mentoring. CALs spent three weeks with Lifetime learning about anatomy, physiology, principles of exercise, fitness and health, health and safety and the More Active Health programme. They then spent a week with their mentor at one of DC Leisure’s 120 sites and were employed at that site for the following five months.
The project was delivered by MEND, DC Leisure and Lifetime. Using an award from the Department for Work and Pensions’ Future Jobs Fund, the project provided greater employment opportunities for participants as well as health benefits for local communities.
“I’ve stopped sitting at home doing nothing. I’m getting up and out the house. Instead of taking Jobseeker's Allowance I’m putting something back into society.”