A new care provider for looked after children in the city is working with local businesses to enrich the support they provide.
Valicity Care Services recently opened their first home for vulnerable young people in Bradford – which local MP, Naz Shah, has described as “completed to an exceptionally high standard and has a positive feel to it. The quality of the housing demonstrates that the young people are at the heart of Valicity Care Services.”
One of these businesses is local boxing gym, Lights out. Each young person will be given the opportunity to take part in a taster session, if they’d like. Then if they want to keep attending, Valicty Care Services will pay for their membership which will include boxing coaching and training with a DBS checked mentor youth worker.
Taking part in enrichment activities like these provide many benefits for the young people including enabling them to create positive relationships, learn people and communications skills and work as part of a team. It also offers techniques for dealing with aggression and other negative emotions, giving young people the tools to channel aggression in other ways to build their confidence and motivation.
Having the opportunity to train at Lights Out has been great! I’ve already learned so much. I had never tried boxing before but there is so much to it. I really enjoy it and can’t wait to get back to the gym and ring soon.
We are delighted to be able to work with Valicity Care Services to help young people gain skills which will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Our expertise in helping people become healthier in body and mind is something we are keen to share with young people.
Boxing academies like this really do give young people something to focus on and can give them routine and stability. I’m so excited to see Ben* progress, he has amazing potential. It’s been over a year since I last got in the ring for a charity match through which I raised £400 for a local charity. As a care leaver myself, I know first-hand how tough it can be for young people; I have a passion to support and motivate them to be as successful as possible.
At Valicity Care Services, our ethos is all around providing supportive caring services which makes people feel part of the family. Being able to give our young people this opportunity is one of ways we make them feel part of our family. We believe in the importance of the extra support such as boxing coaching by the brilliant gym, Lights Out. We know our young people will benefit greatly on a number of levels from this training.
Some of the other enrichment activities Valicity Care Services are providing for the young people they care for in Bradford including membership of a snooker club, day trips to golf ranges, feel good packages for hairdressing and beauty treatments as well as treats such as take-aways and restaurant meals.