Happy Christmas, a message from our Chair of Trustees
Christmas has arrived and brought hope with it! A vaccination to support us to hopefully return to what we used to call ‘normal’
My first year as Chair has certainly been a challenge, but we have still very much managed to do a great deal, including launching our strategy for 2020 and beyond. This year has been especially tough on the team, with staff being Furloughed and the fact that we had to totally reinvent the way we delivered our services within Covid restrictions. However the team, being inspirationally led by Neil, responded magnificently developing new ways to support our communities and especially those who need us. I was really pleased that I managed to help with food collections, delivering vital equipment to our communities and see Super Bennie cooking up breakfast for 100’s of our NHS heroes. The pandemic has certainly been an enormous challenge, but out of the crises we have seen people working together in ways we could never had envisaged, and it’s important that the Foundation continues with its clear Community Leadership role in 2021 to make sure this positive change is harnessed.
Finally, I would like to wish all our staff, supporters, volunteers and participants a very merry and safe Christmas and look forward to a better New Year. Peter Astley, MBE
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!
The kind and generous folk at JTF Warehouse on Woolston Grange in Warrington, in conjunction with our principal community sponsors One Energy and our friends at the Torus Foundation gave us Christmas Trees to distribute to our local community.
Wolfie came along to lend a hand (well, a paw) and in total we distributed over 20 trees to local primary schools and nursing homes
Big News for Oliver
Our wonderful LDRL player and coach Oliver has been announced in a world-first exclusive volunteer programme with Official Social Care Partner Community Integrated Care (CIC).
Oliver was announced as Official Inclusion Ambassador for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
“These are dream jobs for me. I cannot wait to help people to be part of the World Cup and our brilliant projects. I am looking forward to making a difference and helping to promote this fantastic tournament”
This year One Energy became our first principal sponsors.
Mel and Mark became active supporters of our work getting involved in visiting schools, care homes and individual participants. They are not only committed to providing simple and cheaper ways to manage your energy but showing they are part of our community and care.
We would like to Thank One Energy for their support this year under tough times and hope to renew our partnership into 2021. Bigger and Better.
Our hugely successful men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project Offload returns for a new season starting in January 2021!
Over the last 2 years, the Warrington Wolves Foundation has successfully delivered Offload to help break the stigma around men’s mental health. Delivering weekly sessions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, alongside prisons, schools, colleges and a variety of workplaces the sessions have helped support men to improve and maintain their own mental fitness.
Men who have attended the free 10-fixture programme have heard from current and former Rugby League players, coaches and officials, who have talked about the mental fitness challenges they encountered both during their career and moving into retirement. A strong focus has been topics such as resilience, anger and stress management, mindfulness and many more lived experiences that connect with the challenges that men are currently facing in their lives.
Offload has shown that that men have not only gained a better understanding of tools and techniques to improve their own mental fitness, become more resilient and more able to handle setbacks and challenges, and improved their relationships at home, they have also developed stronger and bigger support networks and had the opportunity to give back to the project to help it’s growth and development.
For more information about forthcoming Covid Safe sessions is 2021 please contact James Howes on 01925 248894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The new 3G pitch at Vicky Park!
At the end of November, we announced the £600,000 investment for the creation of a new 3G pitch at Vicky Park. It will transform the club into a community Hub for the development and growth of Rugby League in Warrington, in partnership with Warrington Borough Council and supported by the Foundation.
The grant will be used to help grow Physical Disability Rugby League (#PDRL), Learning Disability Rugby League (#LDRL) and women’s and girls’ Rugby League. Delivered by RLWC2021 in partnership with the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot made available by the government in 2016 to support growth in participation in the sport
A letter from the Boss…
Over the last few weeks, we have worked with Head Coach Steve Price and our Community clubs to post out a letter to all Community Rugby League players registered with our Warrington Community Clubs.
Here is one of Latchford Giants youngsters with her letter from Steve Price.
‘The Bad Boy’ Jamie turning 30
Another big birthday this month with ‘The Bad Boy’ Jamie turning 30. Happy Birthday Jamie!
From all of the team at the Warrington Wolves Foundation, we wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2021!