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More young people to access life-changing course thanks to successful funding bid

12/05/2017

Lottery funded
Lottery funded

Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC), in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince’s Trust, are extending their successful Team programme after securing funding via the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme through the lead organisation Step to Work (Walsall) Limited’s Evolve project.

"Competition to gain employment is very tough which is why we are keen to support young people in having the best possible chance to secure a job and a brighter future for themselves. The aim of the course is to give people the opportunity to gain qualifications, experience a working routine and boost their confidence and social skills."

James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager

Evolve

The £144,000 of funding, which is provided by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, is matched by the BBO to projects which help unemployed adults gain the confidence and skills they need to get into work or training.

Earlier this year the CIC made an application to BBO for the funding so that they could extend the provision of the Prince’s Trust Team programme in additional areas.

The programme enables 16-25-year-olds to develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills through outdoor activities and community-based projects over a 12 week period. To date, it has only been run in Stafford but this funding will allow it to be delivered in Cannock and Tamworth.

Over the course of the next two and a half years five courses will be delivered, allowing up to 75 young people to take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help their local community. The Team Programme is ideal for those who want to improve their confidence and get back into education or employment.

At the end of the programme they will receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager, said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will allow us to provide the programme to young people in Cannock and Tamworth.

“Our previous courses in Stafford have been very well received by 120 young people through eight programmes and we’ve had some very positive feedback.

"Competition to gain employment is very tough which is why we are keen to support young people in having the best possible chance to secure a job and a brighter future for themselves. The aim of the course is to give people the opportunity to gain qualifications, experience a working routine and boost their confidence and social skills.

“Thanks to this funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund we are able to welcome more young people onto the programme and will begin recruiting for our first Cannock Team programme later this year.”

About the Big Lottery Fund: The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 5 Section nine: Publicity (v5.0 - 12 December 2016)

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

The project has received up to £3,170,300 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


About The Prince’s Trust: Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 800,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk, by calling 0800 842 842 or visiting www.facebook.com/princestrust or @PrincesTrust on Twitter.