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Charity update April 2020

9 April 2020

What are Notts County FC Football in the Community doing to continue to support the local community?
During this very challenging time, we at Notts County FC Football in the Community are more committed than ever to make sure that we are still serving the community. We have been and will continue to develop innovative resources and offer online support and guidance, that will be available through our digital platforms. We want to make sure that we provide something for everyone to engage with to try and keep a happy, healthy community.

What services are we still offering? We still have 8 distinct offers taking place, these include:

1. Mental Health support: We are providing mental health online support for adults through web chat, video calls or over the telephone phone, and we are providing peer support and weekly exercise classes at a low to moderate intensity. We have developed a wellbeing booklet for children and young people. This Open Space booklet is to help children ages 10 - 18 build resilience, self-esteem, and improve their overall health. If you are interested in accessing our mental wellbeing support or would like an Open Space booklet, please contact our Mental Health Coordinator via email: or phone: 07495 321631.

2. CARE project online support: For our CARE participants we are producing workout videos for participants to complete at home. These videos replicate the work done in a standard CARE session with a few adaptations to make it suitable to follow at home. We are currently bringing out two new workouts a week to help keep the workouts and exercise fresh. Along with this we have set time slots throughout the week in which participants can contact CARE staff to talk and have that personal input regarding there cancer rehabilitation, exercise, or just general chat. As we want to keep the body and mind fit, we are also putting out weekly quizzes for our participants to challenge themselves and help keep their minds active. Regarding new participants to join the programme: this has changed slightly with new participants still welcome. We are now conducting phone call consultations which will allow you to become a member and access all our online activity before starting your official membership when we return to normality. To start this process you can fill out an online referral form or contact our CARE Coordinator, Josh Stevenson, via email: or phone: 07534 135670.

3. Education and Alternative Provision: We have been delivering our education offer remotely via video calls and digital workbooks to ensure that our learners remain educated and engaged. Covering Functional Skills, Maths, English, ICT, PSD at all levels, and BTEC in Sport this means we can still provide our learners with the opportunity to work towards a vocational qualification for a career in the sport industry or go into further education. For more information please contact our Education Manager, Martin Carruthers, via email: or phone: 07496 993201.

4. National Citizens Service: The NCS team continue to engage with those who have signed up for our NCS this summer and are hosting a range of fun, interactive, virtual events for participants to take part in and engage with their peers whilst waiting for a time in which it is safe to gather again. We are working closely with the NCS Trust and Management partners to get an update on propose plans for the summer under the current circumstances, as soon as we have this information it will be cascaded out as soon as is possible. If you have any questions please contact our NCS Manager, Katie Booth via email: or phone: 07949 300645

5. Fit Fans in Training: We continue to be actively engaged with all of our participants on FIT FANS through a WhatsApp group, regular email contact and our weekly sessions that are still continuing via Zoom video call. Participants are also receiving weekly workout videos that they can complete at home with minimal equipment and space. The workbooks that each participant received at the start of the programme, along with the other elements of support, have helped participants stay on course to meet their goals.

6. Free activities and home schooling content now children are all at home: We are also making sure that there is plenty on offer for children during this time, and our Premier League Primary Stars programme is a great way to do that, focusing on getting children and families active through a range of Premier League inspired resources and activities. We have daily Midday Magpie videos using the Super Movers video content developed by BBC Teach that inspires children to move and learn with upbeat, educational videos. We also have been setting Family Friday Challenges focussed around maths with future challenges planned in the coming weeks – so keep your eyes peeled on all of our social media channels. For more information contact our Health Manager, Chris Riley, via email: or phone 07949 869020. Alternatively visit for more family friendly resources to keep you active, healthy and happy!

7. We are looking to develop some online virtual challenges in partnership with Great British Children’s’ Challenge in support of local Nottingham charities – watch this space!

8. We are looking to get involved in several local coordinated responses to the health emergency including working closely with our parent club Notts County FC and Nottingham City Council to support isolated members of the community.

How can I support or donate to this work?
We have a number of ways in which people can support our work, these include:
- Getting in touch and letting us know any services or support you would like us to offer for you (if possible) you can do this through our social media
- We have a text service 70085 where you could donate anything from £5 to £20 to the charity. Text FITC to 70085 to donate £5, FITC10 to donate £10, FITC15 to donate £15 and FITC20 to donate £20.

- Getting involved in wider NHS volunteering at:
- Support Nottingham City Council’s local effort at:
- Covid MutualAid local community groups:

With best wishes

Ian Boyd – Chief Executive

Dianne Jackson – Chair of Trustees

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