Yorkshire Sport Foundation

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Yorkshire Sport Foundation's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Yorkshire Sport Foundation is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.yorkshiresport.org

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Many local authorities hold adoption
records or as the authority where the
adoption took place, should know
where the records are. Unfortunately,
many do not respond to our request for
information from them for many months
and on occasions never. We understand
the pressures local authorities face, but
it seriously hampers this process for any
intermediary and can encourage the
legislation to be bypassed by clients.
Our clients choose our service because
they’re conscientious and want proper
help but these agencies and local
authorities just create delays. The law
is no longer fit for purpose in this area.
There are many recent reports in the
news about birth parents contacting
adopted teenagers without the use
of intermediary support. This usually
happens through social media. There
is also now the issue of DNA testing
sites such as Ancestry.com where
adopted people and birth relatives
have a DNA test that can be compared
to millions of others and link them as
close relations. Again, this bypasses the
intermediary process.
Challenges with regulation
We work tirelessly to ensure
compliance with the regulations
set by Ofsted. Our competitors,
however, are getting free range to
bypass the law and Ofsted regulations
without consequence. We spend
hours painstakingly ensuring we do
everything correctly but end up putting
ourselves under further scrutiny. There
is obviously huge cost involved in
doing everything by the letter of the
law but in doing so, we are making
ourselves less competitive on price.
We want to work with local
authorities, Ofsted and anyone we can
to ensure we provide the best possible
service. I’ve yet to come across another
company that is putting in the legwork
that we do. We are setting a gold
standard for tracing people in the UK.
The future is bright and our hope is
to continue to build the business, to
remain at the forefront of the industry
and change within it and to keep
reuniting as many people as we can.
We want to
work with local
authorities,
Ofsted and
anyone we
can to ensure
we provide the
best possible
service
Intermediary specialist
Sue with a Finder
Monkey client
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CEO Nigel Harrison
Helping make activity a part
of everyone’s life
As an Active Partnership – a charity largely funded by
Sport England through the National Lottery – Yorkshire
Sport Foundation supports organisations across South
Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. CEO Nigel Harrison tells
The
Parliamentary Review
that he and his team believe in the power
of sport and physical activity to change lives. With a vision
of creating a vibrant, healthy and prosperous community by
helping the population of Yorkshire be more active, they work
with public, voluntary and private policymakers and providers to
bring sport to the people who need it the most.
Too many of us are not active enough to live healthy lives. One in three of us
doesn’t do half an hour of exercise each week, even in Yorkshire, where sport is in
our blood and there are glorious opportunities to get the blood pumping.
Our charity passionately believes in the value that activity has for physical and mental
health and personal growth, as well as the way it can strengthen our communities.
When we talk of activity, we mean everything from organised team sports to active
travel. All activity counts, as long as it’s brisk enough to raise your heart rate.
Representing 3.7 million people, we are one of the largest of the 43 lottery-funded
Active Partnerships that support organisations to get people active.
We cover West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, from rural villages to major cities
like Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield. Our office is based in Morley, Leeds, although
our staff team of 39 are mostly out working with our local partners.
FACTS ABOUT
YORKSHIRE SPORT FOUNDATION
»CEO: Nigel Harrison
»Established in 2001
»Based in Leeds
»Services: Promotion of sport
and active lifestyles across
Yorkshire
»No. of employees: 39
Yorkshire Sport
Foundation
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Our role is to “Connect, Influence and
Provide”.
Connect
Across our area, there are thousands
of organisations providing ways to
be active and enjoy sport. We are
here to connect the network to
enable effective communication,
joined-up planning and the sharing of
good practice, as well as supporting
jointprojects.
At the heart of this work are the
district activity partnerships based in
each of our nine metropolitan council
areas. These bring together the major
players – such as universities, council
departments, charities, professional
sports clubs, the health sector and
many others – to plan and deliver
opportunities. For example, Move
More Sheffield works with researchers
in the teaching hospital on city-wide
campaigns; Sport Leeds is making the
most of major events in the home city
of the Brownlee brothers; while Get
Doncaster Moving, Active Bradford
and Active Calderdale are benefiting
from major Sport England investment
in pilot community schemes. By
supporting these networks with
our managers, we help the smooth
operation and development of
thesepartnerships.
Influence
These district activity partnerships are
vital in influencing others to include
physical activity in their thinking and
planning. If we can get every teacher,
social care worker, employer, GP and
transport planner to include activity
in their day-to-day work, that has the
potential to create a massive shift in
behaviour. The partnerships are well
positioned to influence the decision-
makers who can make this happen.
We also work with bodies from the
Leeds and Sheffield City Regions to
make sure activity runs through their
strategic plans. For example, activity
can increase investment in emerging
industrial growth strategies through
improving workplace health and
creating a better environment in which
to live and work.
To back up this influence, we need
to show a high level of evidence,
so, along with having our own in-
house data and insight specialist, we
work closely with the region’s seven
universities and researchers in the
health sector, like Born in Bradford.
Provide
At a street-by-street level, we can focus
on communities where low income
levels can bring inactivity. Using an
asset-based approach to work with
what the community has, we have
identified, and sometimes employed,
local people to organise and promote
activity opportunities.
We first started this in the Somali
community in Burngreave, Sheffield,
two years ago. An inspirational
resident, Safiya Sayeed, worked for
Inspirational resident
Safiya Sayeed at the
Big Brother Burngreave
project
The power of
activity to
boost self-
respect,
leadership and
determination
was humbling
to see
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Our role is to “Connect, Influence and
Provide”.
Connect
Across our area, there are thousands
of organisations providing ways to
be active and enjoy sport. We are
here to connect the network to
enable effective communication,
joined-up planning and the sharing of
good practice, as well as supporting
jointprojects.
At the heart of this work are the
district activity partnerships based in
each of our nine metropolitan council
areas. These bring together the major
players – such as universities, council
departments, charities, professional
sports clubs, the health sector and
many others – to plan and deliver
opportunities. For example, Move
More Sheffield works with researchers
in the teaching hospital on city-wide
campaigns; Sport Leeds is making the
most of major events in the home city
of the Brownlee brothers; while Get
Doncaster Moving, Active Bradford
and Active Calderdale are benefiting
from major Sport England investment
in pilot community schemes. By
supporting these networks with
our managers, we help the smooth
operation and development of
thesepartnerships.
Influence
These district activity partnerships are
vital in influencing others to include
physical activity in their thinking and
planning. If we can get every teacher,
social care worker, employer, GP and
transport planner to include activity
in their day-to-day work, that has the
potential to create a massive shift in
behaviour. The partnerships are well
positioned to influence the decision-
makers who can make this happen.
We also work with bodies from the
Leeds and Sheffield City Regions to
make sure activity runs through their
strategic plans. For example, activity
can increase investment in emerging
industrial growth strategies through
improving workplace health and
creating a better environment in which
to live and work.
To back up this influence, we need
to show a high level of evidence,
so, along with having our own in-
house data and insight specialist, we
work closely with the region’s seven
universities and researchers in the
health sector, like Born in Bradford.
Provide
At a street-by-street level, we can focus
on communities where low income
levels can bring inactivity. Using an
asset-based approach to work with
what the community has, we have
identified, and sometimes employed,
local people to organise and promote
activity opportunities.
We first started this in the Somali
community in Burngreave, Sheffield,
two years ago. An inspirational
resident, Safiya Sayeed, worked for
Inspirational resident
Safiya Sayeed at the
Big Brother Burngreave
project
The power of
activity to
boost self-
respect,
leadership and
determination
was humbling
to see
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us to stimulate a huge number of
activities, like the Big Brother project.
This involved older teenagers learning
about sports leadership and leading
activities for younger people in a safe
environment. The power of activity
to boost self-respect, leadership and
determination was humbling to see.
Through Comic Relief and Sport
England funding, we are giving small
grants to local organisations to set up
their activities for all ages. The example
of the local café owner taking a group
of men for a walk at their regular
meet-ups sums up the local impact of
this approach to changing behaviours.
Following this, we have identified
15 more communities where we
think this approach will make a
difference, including a joint project
involving the three local councils of
Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham
across the ex-coal mining area of the
DearneValley.
We also provide targeted programmes
where sport can engage with people
going through tough periods of their
life. One of these, Levelling the Field,
funded by Comic Relief, works with
the Together Women charity in Leeds
and YWCA in Sheffield. They focus on
raising confidence and leadership skills
for those young women who attend
the centres, and the life-changing
stories coming out of the project
remind us why we do what we do.
Another, Mums’ Team, is all about
women supporting other women to
get active by leading activity sessions.
Supporting healthcare as a
whole
Working with health organisations,
we have been able to reduce the
strain on frontline services. Better in
Kirklees is a social prescribing service
that offers community support to help
people with long-term conditions.
It is delivered with the health and
wellbeing charity Touchstone and has
reduced GP practice attendances by an
average of 11.6 per cent.
As Sport England’s local delivery
arm, we also help to deliver national
programmes like satellite clubs. Over
the last six years, we have helped 600
sports clubs offer new opportunities on
every secondary school site in our area.
These have a focus on attracting those
who are not engaged in sport. Our
School Games county final festivals
attract over 6,000 children a year to
celebrate the excitement of a large
competitive event.
Beyond this, we support primary
schools to make the most of their
sports premium funding, raised by
the “sugar tax”, and organise PE
conferences throughout the year
to share the best local and national
practices. Last year, over 15,000
people were directly involved in one or
more of our programmes, from events
and conferences to the training that
keeps community sport safe.
We are a small organisation trying to
make a big impact across a large part
of Yorkshire. Our mission is to support
everyone to be active and healthy, and
we’d like to work with anyone who
shares this goal with us.
Our mission is
to support
everyone to
be active and
healthy, and
we’d like to
work with
anyone who
shares this
goal with us
Community events
bring people together
to try new activities
Activities for all at the
School Games county
finals

www.yorkshiresport.org

This article was sponsored by Yorkshire Sport Foundation. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development