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Project offers 'lifeline' through football'

Harrogate Town

Published at 6:02am 24th August 2015. (Updated at 5:22pm 25th August 2015)

An innovative stewarding training scheme designed to help people on benefits get jobs and life skills is due to restart in Harrogate.

The project is run by the Harrogate Homeless Project in partnership with Harrogate Town Football Club, Fairfax Community Centre, Lifeline Harrogate and the Department for Work and Pensions.

'Lifeline Through Football' also has the support of businesses including CNG and EnviroVent.

Three previous participants have already found work in stewarding or related occupations.

Organisers say all of the participants, some of whom were previously homeless or living in temporary accommodation, are now living independently.

Charlotte Fortune, from the Harrogate Homeless Project, said: "Every day, I see people who have a troubled family background and fallen on hard times or lived a chaotic lifestyle for one reason or another.

"Part of the joy of my job is seeing those people get back into independent living and into employment. That is why this course is so important. Every person helped back into work is one more person, or one more family, with greater self-esteem, not claiming benefits and looking to the future."

Anyone interested in joining the next course should be over 18, in receipt of benefits and available to attend an open morning at Harrogate Town Football Club at 11am on 14 September.