Equalities and Inclusion
A Foundation for everyone
A Foundation for Everyone
A fundamental aim at the Foundation is to ensure that all our programmes are inclusive and provide the appropriate opportunities for all participants across our communities.
The Foundation creates innovative partnerships with people-focused organisations that are committed to sharing best practices and working together.
We are currently working within Equality and Inclusion partnerships that focus on supporting target groups, namely, people with learning difficulties, disabled people, people who are experiencing mental health conditions and older people.
This is achieved through the role we undertake in actively supporting the equality of opportunity, inclusion and development of people within areas such as sports and physical activity, education and training, transition and volunteering and employment.
Pathways to Employment
In partnership with Waltham Forest College, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is offering a supported pre-employment programme for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
This programme will offer 10-week (three hours per week) employability skills workshops and a 5-week supported work placement.
The employability skills workshops will help participants to improve social interaction, communication, leadership, health & safety, presentation skills, and health & wellbeing.
The supported work placements are in sports coaching, disability sports coaching, mentoring, admin tasks, hospitality & catering, and healthy lifestyle programmes.
Pathways to Employment - Josh's Story
23-year-old Josh has Autism and struggled to get a job before attending Pathways to Employment, a course which gives young people with disabilities the life skills to set them up for the working world, before helping them into employment.
The 10-week programme provided Josh with the confidence and attributes to successfully apply for a role at Whipps Cross Hospital, where he spent 5 weeks in a supported work placement. He now works in the Radiology Department.
Project SEARCH accommodates ten students aged 18-24, with the course split into three ten-week work placements.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides two job coaches who work with local organisations to help individuals access and apply for employment opportunities.
The average employment rate for individuals aged 18–24 with a learning disability in the UK is just 7%. That figure increases to 65% for those that have been through Project SEARCH programmes.
Project SEARCH began in 1996 and now runs in 48 organisations in the UK, including at Public Health England in Colindale, where the scheme is in its first year.
The programme received worthy recognition at Public Health England’s second Diversity and Staff Inclusion Awards held at the House of Lords in May 2017, gaining nominations for the Manager of the Year Award and the Partnership Award.
Project SEARCH at Public Health England is delivered in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Barnet and Southgate College, Barnet Council and the West London Alliance.