MFC Foundation have been reflecting on their programmes and initiatives throughout a year that has brought different challenges...

  • Our collaboration with Applebridge in the summer saw us rise to the challenge to alleviate holiday hunger in 30,000 children across the region.
  • First Source Solutions Limited in Middlesbrough donated food and volunteered to help pack bags. They saw and liked what we do so much they became a Gold Friend of the Foundation. Roary popped in to give Senior HR Officer Jennifer Taylor a hand.
  • Our FIT BORO Women’s football session was donated new kit to mark the new season and continued to play despite difficult circumstances.
  • The Chalk Your Street project in East Cleveland brought local communities together during a difficult time. A real feel good factor was created but also sustained community spirit from those involved.
  • East Cleveland Super Heroes delivered food packages throughout the first lockdown. Not only did this have significant impact on preventing food poverty, but it, like the Chalk Your Street project, created a real feel good factor with children waiting on doorsteps for the super heroes to arrive each day.
  • Just before everyone began to look at the world and maybe each other differently we were proudly named 2020 Community Club of the Year for The North East and Yorkshire at the House of Commons.
  • Our Meaningful Encounters programme saw CPI and the Foundation lead a 4-month programme focussing on operating a business, enhancing enterprise skills and exploring local career pathways across the two organisations. 
  • Despite the pandemic we continued to support our male FIT BORO participants throughout both lockdowns and they still achieved great results with both Alan G and Kevin R losing over two stones each.
  • During the first lockdown we engaged with over 25 local schools delivering the Joy of Moving Home School Festivals in which children and their families took part in dedicated afternoons of activities and games. 
  • Our Health Matters programme proved a big success with Outwood Academy Riverside. Physical activity, the importance of a balanced diet and of sleep were covered. Topics change each week; the theme remains the same – Health Matters.
  • Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Middlesbrough became a Friend of the Foundation, immediately showing their commitment to what we do when helping deliver close on 100 hot meals prepared by The Homemade Deli to residents in East Middlesbrough.
  • Black History Month was showcased across October with four Boro players on Zoom calls talking to pupils from four different schools about BHM and racism in society.
  • Lockdown happened but it didn't stop PL Kicks as over 200 participants took part in FIFA events this year which led to us being recognised as a leading club for virtual delivery by the Premier League.
  • We asked participants at our PL Kicks sessions to bring in their empty crisp packets. These will be recycled into blankets and liners for sleeping bags to help the homeless keep warm in the winter. 
  • Probably the most testing year yet in the 10-year history of NCS. We rose to the challenge and the projects we delivered were highly commended. The social initiative from one of the groups was to write a personal letter to a resident in a care home.
  • Acklam Grange, Freeborough Academy, Trinity Catholic College and Unity City Academy participated in a special day at the Riverside organised by our pioneering Stepping Up team. Students were selected based on good behaviour, positive attitudes and school attendance. 
  • We have always been proud of our Borobility sessions and we found a way to keep them going through many different challenges this year. It helped youngsters and parents alike. Our Train Like A Pro virtual delivery was particularly popular.
  • We didn't want schoolchildren missing out on vital lessons and we wanted to help parents too, so we created the Virtual Classroom. Physical and mental challenges, maths and puzzles were all in the mix. Fun and learning over Christmas too?
  • We were immensely proud when the Foundation appeared on Boro’s commemorative third shirt for the game against Cardiff City – we’re also proud of the representatives of our programmes who modelled the shirt for us.
  • There has been some outstanding work on the PL Kicks Targeted programme, staying in touch with the hardest to reach young people we work with in and out of lockdowns. Former British, Commonwealth and World Bantamweight boxing champion Stuart Hall has been heavily involved.
  • There was plenty to admire in the summer when we held the Mackenzie Thorpe inspired Love of Teesside art competition that brought around 300 entries all kinds. 
  • Football Welcomes beach football brings together many who have been displaced from their homeland through no fault of their own. Many are fleeing war-torn regions. Ongoing engagement and football sessions on the beach kept people active, involved and made to feel welcome.
  • Throughout this global pandemic we have done what we could when we could when it was safe to do so. Whether that was a hot meal or a goody bag, or simply a visit or a phone call. We hope we have made a difference.

We end by saying thank you. Thank you to everyone who has played their part in helping us do what we do. To those who have donated time or money, to those who have made things happen. To our real-life friends and our virtual ones too, we wish you all a healthy, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.