Physical Activities Co-ordinator Vacancy

Are you looking for a rewarding full time role where you make a real difference to the lives of local children and young people?

Good news! with a 3 year grant from the Tudor Trust approved we are seeking to appoint a Physical Activities Co-ordinator.
Someone who will enable vulnerable children and young people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through participation and enjoyment of recreational sport, physical activity, healthy eating and positive life choices.

We are looking for an energetic, experienced and enthusiastic team player who will encourage children and young people to ‘have-a-go’ in a safe and supportive environment.

If you think you have what it takes to join the Aspired Futures team, please request a Job Description and Person Specification from Lorna via e mail at Office@aspired-futures.com, quoting reference: PAC-Sept2017

Closing date for all applications is 19th Sept 2017
Please note that all staff are required to undergo an enhanced CRB / DBS check

A message from our founder, Carmen Conquer

Aspired Futures has grown, over a period of 8 years, from strength to strength.

I have always felt very privileged to have the opportunity to work with some amazing dedicated people, volunteers and staff, who like myself fully believe in the Aspired Futures concept and have been willing to dedicate not only their work life but a  substantial amount of vocational time to achieve our original vision of creating a total child focused service for the most vulnerable children and young people.

As one of the original founders, alongside Sue Williams, Aine Frith, Gerry Atkinson and Andrea Clowes,  Aspired Futures gave me the opportunity to grow into my role as Director of Services and over the years it enabled me to shape and influence the organisation, operationally and strategically. However now is the right time for me to take a step back, my personal circumstances have led to me taking the decision to reduce my workload and take on a new role from the 1 April as Strategic Director alongside remaining a Trustee. In my new role I will be working closely with the Senior Team, committing to continuously exploring funding opportunities to ensure the long term sustainability of Aspired Futures.

I am relocating to Portugal at the end of April but thanks to technology will be able to sustain a strong working link with the team.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the people who have supported me in my previous role and I am looking forward to a new chapter as I have no doubt the organisation will continue to thrive.

Matt’s marathon ‘attempt’

I guess the first question when anyone says they are going to run a marathon is why? It’s a crazy distance and you need to be super fit with lots of time to train. In my case I have a great reason to attempt a marathon and the motivation for it came last year.

Some of you may recall I spent a day at Aspired Futures last year filming a video to go on the new website. I met some amazing people and got a great insight into how Aspired Futures works. As a designer we get to works on lots of cool projects for many different types of companies and organisations but my experience at Aspired Futures was completely different to anything I’ve ever done before. I remember driving back with my colleague discussing how privileged we felt to have met the team, children and young people.

Aspired Futures is all about changing outlooks and our day there certainly did that for us.

Back to why I’m running a marathon then! Simple, I want to raise money to help Aspired Futures to continue with their great work. The reason it has to be a marathon is because I’m horrendous at running so it is a big challenge!

Whilst this is my first post my training actually started back in November. I always keep fit but have stayed well clear of running because it’s just not my thing. You can probably imagine then my first 3 mile run which was a complete shock to the system. It was cold, dark, raining and to be blunt – painful. Since then I’ve built up my distance and now have a structured training programme in place. This means 3 runs per week, two are 6 miles and the third run at the weekend is as far as I can go. I also do weight training, climbing and some biking each week. Yesterday I completed a half marathon followed by half chicken roast dinner to give me back some energy!

Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting updates of my training and journey to ‘hopefully’ completing a full marathon. I use the word hopefully because I do have an ongoing problem with disc damage in my back which could stop me. However, I am getting regular physio and doing everything I can to avoid injury.

Mentally I’m fully prepared. If I fail doing this but have done everything possible I have succeeded. If I fail doing this and haven’t tried then I have truly failed. As the race date gets closer I’m cranking everything up. I’m running further, eating healthier and for the past week I haven’t had any alcohol.

I hope you find this post interesting and would welcome any questions from you guys at Aspired Futures.

Let’s do it! Wooohoooo!

Active Wednesday

active-wednesdays

For the last four weeks our Active Wednesday group have been enjoying Athletics sessions at Park School, these have been a great experience and have enabled our children and young people to learn about working together as a team and the importance of encouraging and supporting their peers. Read more…

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