RIO forged an exciting partnership with Aston Villa Football Club in 2014, which led to their Enterprise Academy using the SEQ as part of their programme for young people to teach them how to be more enterprising. Adding another dimension to this, the Club’s ‘Villa in the Community’ also aims to address and tackle a social or environmental issue, something the young people can do easily through the SEQ. Students from schools in and around Birmingham took part in the Enterprise Academy’s ‘Villa in the Community’, most gaining a Silver SEQ. Projects included supporting the Club’s critically acclaimed Restaurant VMF, selling their homemade desserts to support a local homeless charity. You can read more about this here.
This year, AVFC decided to use the SEQ again, and 44 more learners have successfully gained the Silver SEQ through new exciting projects.
The young people tackled issues such as obesity, self-harm, depression and animal cruelty by making and selling hand-crafted gifts, bracelets, balls and also by running events in their community to generate income. The income was donated to charities that directly tackled these issues.
You can read more about the partnership and outcomes of the beneficial programme here.