Since 2012 Nightingales has been working with young men to help keep them in education, help them make positive life choices and help them not get caught up in trafficking young girls and women for a living.
The project started with 6 young men playing in a local futsal (6-a-side indoor football) league. These young men were having problems with drugs, school and finding a direction for their lives! Playing in a football team gave them a focus, a direction and also a reason not to take drugs or get drunk, as they were not allowed to play if they were high. We quickly realised that through training we had a platform where we could teach these young people how to make decision on the pitch and in life. Every training session is based around a skill we are trying to develop for the team on the pitch, and linked to a skill in life that can help them outside of football.
The more time that was spent with these young men the more we realised the positive influence the football programme was having on their lives. Their friends started coming too and by September 2014, we had over 80 young people attending our sessions, so we set up our own league. Today we have over 100 young people, we also have a female team, participating in our league. The emphasis is still the same, what can we teach these young men, through football, that will have a lasting impact on their lives. At their insistance the project was given the name ‘Academia Emaus’, translated to the ‘Emmaus Academy’.
From the original six players, one is attending university, four are in full time employment and one has just finished qualifying as a truck driver. Three of them have come through a qualification which has given them the skills to mentor others through football. As a team they may not have won any prizes, but in life they are all winners, making positive choices which effect them and those around them.
Nightingales is pleased to announce that as of today, 5th April 2016, you will be able to keep up to date with all that Nightingales is doing through this blog. It will be a place where you will get direct insight into the beneficiaries lives, the projects that we run and the programmes that happen at Nightingales throughout the year.
Weekly we will be posting, giving a more in depth view of the charity than we are able to communicate through social media and our website. We would appreciate your feedback regarding what you read here and what you would like to be reading.
We look forward to sharing with you all about the great work that continues to go on at Nightingales, and the plans we have for the future of the charity!!
The charity is always looking for volunteers on both a long and short term basis to either spend time on the projects in Romania or to raise funds from overseas to support the ongoing work.
The charity believes that longer periods of time spent in Romania give each individual a better chance to understand and build relationships with the young people we help. Despite this we also understand that people are not able to commit to lengthier periods.
There is the possibility of doing shorter term programmes and we encourage volunteers to be open about their own skills and background so we can build these in most effectively whilst they are with us.
A pub quiz? A raffle? A dinner dance? A sports event?
There are always people who can support you in the planning and organisation of these type of events and we have held many successful events before. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is something you would like to co-ordinate.
If you would be interested in finding out anything further in relation to volunteering or for fundraising ideas, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are very fortunate to be able to accommodate school groups and already have a hugely successful partnership with Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, who bring a team of students every year.
We work closely with the group and staff involved in the lead up to their visit to ensure that we can factor in both time spent with the charity and opportunities to get a taste for Romania and its culture.
Sponsor a child scheme
If you would like to become involved with a particular child there is an option of sponsorship. This is an opportunity to support a child through their personal development and receive regular updates on their progress from both the child in question and the charity.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.