INCLUSION | Kay Ellis named as Community Captain!

Published: 04/03/2024

On Saturday 2nd March Rotherham United Community Trust celebrated the work and achievements of our Community Captain Kay Ellis. Kay first got involved with the Rotherham Parent Carers Forum (RPCF) in 2014. Kay was isolated and needed support from people that understood what she was going through with her son who has ADHD and Autism.… Continue reading INCLUSION | Kay Ellis named as Community Captain!

On Saturday 2nd March Rotherham United Community Trust celebrated the work and achievements of our Community Captain Kay Ellis.

Kay first got involved with the Rotherham Parent Carers Forum (RPCF) in 2014. Kay was isolated and needed support from people that understood what she was going through with her son who has ADHD and Autism. In a previous job, Kay arranged fortnightly SEND play sessions. This eventually led to her applying for activities facilitator role at the forum and taking on the role with RPCF.

Through a Rotherham United – Premier League Kicks partnership and collaboration, Kay has been able to develop our Kicks SEND programme to provide more opportunities for young people to engage with sport, youth activities, educational workshops and social cohesion. Kay always mentioned how the support of Rotherham United and Kicks staff have provided her with opportunities to reach the wider and more diverse communities. Putting the heart of what she does in the homes and communities of those who need it the most.

Kay is extremely passionate about activities for all, and reducing isolation for families with children with SEND. This shows across Kays delivery, from empathetic engagement at youth groups to supporting other parents and carers at catch up coffee meetings and wellbeing sessions. More recently one young person who attends one our Ability Counts Youth Clubs said;

“It makes me feel happy, it feels like family, it feels like home. I like how everyone is around me. I can be myself without people looking at me and calling me names.”

A parent of a young participant said;

“The youth club helps my young person to socialise in a small group that is tailored to her needs. She can mingle and engage with people her own age instead of being at home with only me and her dad. Giving her a bit of independence. It also helps us (her parents) knowing she is safe in a friendly environment.”

Kay has not only supported families and young people but a wide range of RUCT staff with CPD and training events, ensuring all staff have the correct knowledge and experience of working with SEND young people.

Anthony Bayou – Youth & Inclusion Manager said;

Kays impact on our club, communities and provision has been second to none. Creating safe, friendly and engaging spaces for young people to develop and thrive. Its hard to put into words the impact Kay has had on our provision. All I know is that none of it would have been as successful without her. Kay really does deserve this award and we look forward to collaborating with her for many more years to come.”

The Premier League’s Wider Football and Communities campaign will run between the 12 – 26th February 2024  with all EFL and Premier League clubs celebrating the impact that investment from the League, as well as clubs’ delivery, has on people and places. As part of the campaign, all clubs who receive Premier League funding to deliver community programmes have nominated a “Community Captain” whose story will be shared with the wider community.

Congratulations Kay on becoming our 2024 Community Captain!