FC Humber United are delighted to announce the launch of a new community partnership with Talk Tonight – Selby CIC. This will see the club work avidly alongside Talk Tonight in their continued efforts within the community, offering a vital support network to all members of the community in dealing with their mental health.

This latest announcement from the club, is a partnership which all at FC Humber feel passionately about and will play a huge part in our continued growth in the months and years to come. Run by the club’s latest appointment, Aimee Rathbone and husband Paul, Talk Tonight – Selby CIC will continue their amazing community work and subsequently integrate with FC Humber and become much further engaged within the club, FCHU Community Foundation and FC Humber’s academy.

In discussion, Club Chairman Richard Smales shared his thoughts on what will prove a grand endeavor moving forward;

“Aimee not only joins the club to support our off-pitch development, growth and organisational elements, we as a club will also gain access to Talk Tonight – Selby CIC. With this we continue to think a little differently in terms of how we can work and integrate our club partners within the football club and all of our elements including the Foundation & Academy. By having Aimee as a club official we feel this can only strengthen the way we offer support to everyone at the club from players, club officials, management, coaches, volunteers and supporters with any issues they may have and a support mechanism that in times of need (and we hope there isn’t any) will become a vital part of the football club.

In continuation, Talk Tonight – Selby CIC are currently in partnership with the club’s good friends and fellow NCEL outfit, Selby Town FC and have gone from strength to strength within the community in offering a much-needed support network to those whom require it. In further discussions on this recent news from the club, FC Humber’s Director of Football, Marc Brown shared his views;

“Mental Health is something that doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone at any given time. There has always been a stigma attached to the word, Mental Health and its support groups like Talk Tonight that continue to try and break down those barriers. Now more than ever following the pandemic, people need to talk and we hope working with Talk Tonight, we can both make that impact in the community and also within our club.”

Off the back of the momentous news coming from the club, we are pleased to offer an introduction on Talk Tonight – Selby CIC and gain a better understanding of their work;

  • Talk Tonight- Selby CIC is a peer-to-peer support group for members of our community who are struggling with their mental health, or those who care for someone with mental ill health.
  • We provide a safe space for people to come together to support each other and encourage self-help. We aim to promote the well-being of our members through peer-to-peer support and by providing social interaction and mentally stimulating activities without judgment or prejudice.
  • Through talking about their issues, with people who understand their battles, our members can open up in a safe and relaxed environment and at their own pace: no pressure, no gimmicks, just compassion and understanding.
  • We will be offering FC Humber United’s players, backroom staff and volunteers’ access to their own group sessions and 1:1 support, we will be partnering up with the club to raise funds for both parties and will be working with the club to integrate our wellness programmes into the framework of the academy.

FC Humber United extend an opportunity to all in viewing Talk Tonight – Selby CIC in greater detail on the official website: http://talktonightselby.co.uk/ 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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April 20, 2021