Our inspirational podcast launches today!
Community Integrated Care is proud to launch an inspirational podcast series that follows people we support achieving their dreams through the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), and the ongoing impact of our programmes.
In three uplifting episodes, the new series ‘A World Of Inclusion – Life changing adventures in Rugby League’ explores how the rugby league community came together with our charity to create hope and opportunities for people who draw on social care. With powerful stories, celebrating people who access care and support overcoming adversity to fulfil their ambitions through the sport, this is a uniquely heartwarming listen.
It follows the journey of people supported by Community Integrated Care’s groundbreaking RLWC2021 Inclusive Volunteering® Programme, which has been described as ‘unbelievable’ by England Rugby League captain, Jodie Cunningham, and ‘life-changing’ by many participants.
The podcast is packed with heartwarming and surprising stories of people living their best life possible.
From hearing the joy of players stepping out onto the pitch at St James’ Park to play at Magic Weekend in the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League, to being with Oliver as he helped to close the London Stock Exchange to mark the upcoming tournament, every episode is filled with remarkable stories.
Community Integrated Care’s Inclusive Volunteering® Programme gives people who access care and support the opportunity to enjoy specialist mentoring and access to projects that support their personal goals and dreams. With incredible opportunities to volunteer at regional and national events, the programme offers a remarkable platform for people to explore their talents and build a more independent life.
England Rugby League captain and Community Integrated Care Ambassador, Jodie Cunningham closely supported the volunteers through the programme, saying; “It’s been incredible to be part of this remarkable programme, to meet and work so closely with the volunteers and team at Community Integrated Care and witness the firsthand their inspiring journeys.”
“There were so many unbelievable moments. This podcast is a joy to listen to, and it brings back so many wonderful memories for me personally, and will no doubt inspire and bring happiness to fans across rugby league.”
Kenzie Appleton, RLWC2021 Inclusive Volunteer, is one of the participants featured in the podcast. He said; “I’m really proud to share my story, and hope people take the time to listen to hear how being part of this programme has truly changed my life.”
“I’ve played for the team I adore (St Helens) at St James Park through the Learning Disability Super League, scoring a try in front of thousands of fans. I’ve been part of official rugby league press conferences and met players like England Rugby League captain, George Williams. I found my passion for photography; I have dreams of becoming a photographer and I’m working towards this. These stories are unique, and I hope people enjoy listening to them.”
Ross Fiddes, Rugby League Presenter and Community Integrated Care Ambassador, says; “I’d urge anyone to spend a few moments of their day to listen to each episode. Brimming with uplifting, positive stories, I guarantee listeners will be beaming with pride for the volunteers and all that they have accomplished.”
Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, John Hughes, says; “A year on since the Tournament finals, it’s fitting that we can now listen to and celebrate this truly amazing sport, and the platform it enables for people with learning disabilities to share their talents on the biggest stages and find and fulfil their potential. A true legacy of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, this story continues.”