Wolves Foundation supporting refugees

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Wolves Foundation are continuing to work closely with the Refugee & Migrant Centre (RMC) to ensure newcomers in the city have opportunities to integrate within the local community and improve their physical and mental health. 

This week is Refugee Week, an arts and culture festival which began in the UK 25 years ago to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

The Foundation are linking up with both the RMC and South Staffordshire Council to put on a football session for adults during the week, which is an addition to several other activities which continued to be delivered both on a one-off and ongoing basis.

Recently, Wolves winger Adama Traore, as part of a series of initiatives he undertook to support the community during his observance of Ramadan, visited one of the Foundation’s partner schools to meet refugee families as part of an activity session put on by staff.

During the recent Play on the Pitch sessions at Molineux during the close season, refugees and migrants took up the chance to grace the hallowed turf with some football and sports day style activities after the time slot was purchased and donated by Trade Nation.

This is all on top of a regular weekly Healthy Goals session delivered by Foundation staff at a local hotel, in conjunction with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust 0-19 Service and RMC, to pre-school children and their families, helping them with their development.

“We have got a really good connection with the Refugee & Migrant Centre in the city, and liaise with them when we are working with refugees and asylum seekers,” says Rachel Smith, Wolves Foundation’s head of health & wellbeing.

“They are really good partners who we can work closely with to see how we can provide support and help people feel part of the community.

“As people say, football is a universal sport which so many people know and so it can be a really positive way of linking up and forming connections.

“As Wolves Foundation and the club’s official charity, we aim to engage with all parts of the community, and being able to offer opportunities to refugees and their families is an important aspect of our work.”

In the past, the Foundation have also worked with RMC with the Head 4 Health project, supporting refugees by organising physical activities but also with their mental wellbeing, given many have experienced challenges before arriving in this country.

The Foundation’s Christmas Shoebox appeal has also provided presents to RMC which have been distributed to children from migrant families who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.

Refugee Week’s vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities, where they can continue to make a valuable contribution.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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