Freedom from Torture

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Soziales Friedensförderung Arsenal F.C.

Bewährte Verfahren

The initial delivery from Arsenal focused on individual mentoring and access to accredited training courses. In October 2011 regular classroom activities were set up aimed to improve the levels of participant’s English language; this element also provided opportunities for the group to take part in social action projects within the local community. In April 2012 a weekly football session was added; this progressed quickly with the development of a football team which importantly added to the feel of belonging to something positive, it also created an environment that helped participants forget about their problems for a while. FFT is responsible for referring suitable participants to the project. The football sessions are co-delivered by AITC and FFT to maximise the benefits for those attending. The project has grown in response to the needs of the group, examples of this are: providing accredited training, the access to professional support, employment pathways when ready and help with costs of travel to activities and courses. Very quickly a genuine sense of togetherness developed which became the cornerstone of the project. The group became very close and offered support for each other.
An important element is the sustained engagement which many look forward to and thrive on.

Main Objectives:

  • To create a sense of belonging
  • To help participants settle into society
  • To offer support into work once ‘Right to Stay’ is achieved, if and when appropriate

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The project began in December 2010 when Arsenal was introduced to a charity called Freedom From Torture (FFT) who are based very close to Emirates Stadium. This project fits firmly with Arsenal in the Community (AITC) approach of responding to the needs of the local community.The partnership with Freedom From Torture provided an opportunity to support a group of individuals that were experiencing isolation. Together the project has been able to make important contributions to the lives of the project’s participants.