Tackling Multiple Issues

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At Street Soccer Academy we are focused on tackling the many issues that our service users present which can be a complicated task. We seek to combat some of the most complex issues in our society such as mental health challenges, homelessness, offending behavior and addictions. Taking such an approach is complicated, takes time and is expensive but it is absolutely necessary if we desire to help individuals overcome their circumstances once and for all and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

As has been officially reported recently by the Economists, Regeneris, unless we look to provide a holistic approach acknowledging that it is actually rare for an individual to have just a single support need, we are less likely to be successful in assisting people to experience long-term change to their lives and circumstances:

Regeneris volunteers have done well to recognise the very wide-reaching and holistic approach of SSA, taking into account the many social issues that SSA programmes seek to address such as unemployment, education, and physical and mental wellbeing as measurable outcomes. More “whole” approaches that make the link between these problems have a far greater chance at succeeding than those that focus only on one or two.

Simon Kuper – Financial Times journalist and author of “Soccernomics”

At SSA we certainly don’t claim to be the sole answer to the challenges that our service users face and pride ourselves in always building upon the mutual aid network that we operate within acknowledging that working together effectively will always produce greater results than working independently.

Tackling the multiple and complex needs of our hard-to-reach service users is a difficult and long-term process but we owe it to them to ensure we are totally committed to see the work through. As Simon Kuper hints, unless we take such an approach we will at best help our service users achieve a temporary improvement in their lives with a high chance of relapse. We firmly believe that with the right support and opportunity anyone can change and overcome their circumstances regardless of how complex and deeply engrained the issues are and we are completely committed to providing this platform for change.

Author Andrew Thorp

Andrew founded the Street Soccer Academy concept in 2005 and under his leadership the work has developed into an award winning registered charity and innovative enterprise. Educated at Loughborough University, Andrew has a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and has experience as a tutor and assessor at Salford City College, responsible for the delivery of an NVQ 2 qualification in Teaching, Instructing and Training. He is also a UEFA 'B' qualified coach and has vast experience working in the professional and semi-professional football world at Rochdale AFC, Leigh RMI and Trafford FC. It is through his experience in these fields that the accredited education programmes have been formulated in order to significantly enhance the opportunities of Street Soccer Academy beneficiaries.

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