USING HANDBALL FOR A WIDER SOCIAL GOOD – TEAM BEDS&LUTON PARTNERSHIP WORK WITH THE NOAH ENTERPRISE IN LUTON
Posted: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:48 by Bert Klemmer
Last 4 months every week team BEDS&LUTON in partnership with NOAH Enterprise has organised handball sessions to offer hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion. The sessions aim to use handball as an activity to keep the people off from the streets, change people's daily routines, bring people together to share their experiences and just enjoy this beautiful game.
We are often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds but sometimes it can be difficult to get started, for a number of reasons, ranging from sudden life change, or a lack of self-esteem through to practical reasons such as having no one to go with, or not knowing where to get started.
One of our participants, who regularly jumps on the mini-bus at NOAH Enterprise – Welfare Centre to come and try out the sessions, has shared his experiences within the sessions and why he felt it was important to come to the sessions:
"It is really good because it takes you away from the streets, even for 2 or 3 hours you have a gap, from drinking. You are busy and you have a nice time, spending your time in a proper way. It keeps you healthy as well and keeps you sober"
Another participant highlighted how the sessions help him and others:
"I think sessions help us to improve our physical condition, interact with each other and improve self-confidence – believing more in ourselves."
One more participant added:
"It helps me to interact and gets me motivated"
We are pleased that participants find the programme rewarding and improving. It shows how sometimes sport and physical activity can be more than just a sport or activity– it can help people and society.
Are you, a friend, a neighbour or a relative experiencing homelessness, extreme hardship or exclusion?
The NOAH Enterprise - Welfare Centre is open 365 days a year from 8.15am-3.45pm weekdays (2.00pm on Tuesdays) and from 10am-3pm at weekends. Day Care services and Outreach – 01582 728416 and is based at 141 Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG.
The Welfare Centre provides:
A day room, A dining room (2 hot meals per day), Group sessions, A medical centre – Doctor on-site twice per week, Dentistry, Resettlement – finding accommodation, Advice services – benefits, and managing personal finance, Connection to specialist agencies e.g. counselling for addiction.