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Exeter CITY Community Trust

Exeter CITY Community Trust

Exeter CITY Community Trust is the area’s leading health and wellbeing charity – delivering inspiring activity to people of all ages and abilities across Devon and Somerset.

From activities for young children, to sessions for people with disabilities, or support for former members of the Armed Forces, the organisation, which is the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, works across the community delivering physical activity, education, health and wellbeing programmes.

It reaches more than 45,000 people every year as it strives improve life chances for all, often in the most deprived areas of Greater Exeter and among the most disadvantaged groups in our society. And although it began by delivering football-based after school sessions and holiday clubs, today 48 per cent of its work is non football-related. 

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of CITY Community Trust, says:

“We’d really like to thank Grow Magazine for this opportunity. It helps us so much to have our profile raised in this way. The spread of our work is growing all the time and we are increasingly looking at ways to sustain this as we don’t receive any guaranteed core funding and rely on trusts, grants, donations and participants signing up to its programmes to deliver our work. The support of the business community is one area which has grown over recent years, particularly with the appointment of our business development manager Stacey Hedge who engages local, regional and national firms with our work.”

CITY Community Trust delivers the NCS programme in Exeter, a programme for 15-17 year olds focusing on personal development, skills and social action. Many local businesspeople have supported NCS by taking part in the ‘Dragons’ Den’ element of the programme where they critique and advise on the participants’ charitable projects.

The charity also works with disabled people, delivering powerchair football, sessions for deaf young people and adults, and activity for homeless and vulnerable people. It also stages several of Exeter’s major running events, including the Exeter Live Better Marathon in May and the popular Santa Run. Additionally, it is delivering, or has extended, several new projects this year, including the following:

  • Positive Prospects – an employability programme offering training, education and mentorship to help people aged over 40 get back into the workplace.
  • The Twinning Project – a mentoring programme working with inmates at HMP Exeter to reduce reoffending.
  • The All Call Signs Café has received additional funding to continue its work engaging with and supporting former members of the Armed Forces.

If you’d like more information about any of CITY Community Trust’s activities contact Stacey Hedge on stacey.hedge@ecfc.co.uk or visit www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk

Photos supplied by McQueeine Mulholland

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