Building a community for all - That’s the ethos of Carney’s Community group in London. From the outset, Carney’s Community just looks like a Boxing club, but spend some time and it’s clear, it’s so much more than a place where people learn to box. It is a community made up of many different people from many different backgrounds. “Most of those in our community have been through some kind of hardship, but we have given them something to belong to and helped them to see what it is they are able to achieve, with a bit of support and confidence” comments George, Chief Executive of Carney’s community.
Adopting the approach where everybody is accepted, and acknowledging that everyone has something they can offer to others, the club has grown and has seen some of its club members come full circle. A perfect example is Marcus, who had been in a wheelchair for over ten years when he started training at Carney’s community. Through boxing, Marcus has regained muscle strength and improved his balance by 20%. This was just the beginning of a positive journey for Marcus, who now volunteers for Carney’s as a coach and has plans to start his own fitness group for people with disabilities.
Interestingly, the club has a different currency to pounds and pennies; “Our sessions and support do not cost money, but equally they are not ‘free’, conveys George. As such, an unwritten system is in place whereby once a member has been supported, he or she returns to assist in the development of others.
Check out the video below to discover how Carney’s Community members encourage a virtuous cycle of accessing and offering support to others:
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