Improving Life Chances

A charity set up by former England rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio has helped young people at the New Horizons School improve their employment chances for the future.

And that’s with the help of the Steve Morgan Foundation, now 12 months into a three-year funding programme for Dallaglio Rugby Works to the tune of £45,000.

That funding helps the charity with their aims to help teenagers not in mainstream education to get into, and stay in, employment, training or education through a programme based on the values of rugby.

The Steve Morgan Foundation’s grant is helping Dallaglio RugbyWorks with their programme at New Horizons, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Warrington.

“The North West is an area where there is high demand for the Dallaglio RugbyWorks programme,” says Partnerships Manager Jennifer Mustoe-Castle.

“Statistics show that one-third of unemployed young people in the North West have received no support from public sector agencies – such as Jobcentre Plus, Next Step or a college or training provider – to help them move into work or education. 

“Furthermore, of the 16 city regions for GCSE outcomes, seven of the worse performing eight are in the North. 

“Here, the already limited chances that young people in Alternative Provision have to gain employment are even more restricted making our work absolutely vital. 

“The funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation is helping young people to aspire to achieve a bright future against all the odds already stacked against them. 

“It is going towards developing the skills, knowledge and attitude of our young people which will enable them to obtain and sustain education, employment and training (EET) after secondary school. 

“With support from the Steve Morgan Foundation we know that we have changed the lives of teenagers in this region.

“The grant has really boosted the employability section of the Dallaglio RugbyWorks programme.”

The funding has also provided a CV workshop and a Career Taster Day at MBDA Systems which included  a tour of the factory and seeing the multimillion-pound missiles being built. 

These sort of opportunities have sparked interest and motivation for the young people with Jack, a year ten student, saying:  “I’d do the apprenticeship (at MBDA) – it sounds really good.”

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support from funders like the Steve Morgan Foundation who are helping vulnerable teenagers in the North West build brighter future,” added Jennifer. 

“As a way of measuring our impact we track the young people’s change in behaviour in areas such as attitude, autonomy, communication, core thinking skills, reliability and resilience. 

“In New Horizons we have seen steady increases in the behaviours of our young people over the first term. 

“On average each change has been around 0.7 on each behaviour score with every increase contributing to a positive trajectory.”

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