Charities given £14,000 boost to improve young people's education and job prospects
THREE charities have been awarded a total of £14,320 to improve young people's education and job prospects.
Base 51, Vineyard Arches Trust and Training, Regeneration, Education, Employment, Sustainability (TREES) Services Limited received the windfalls as part of The Nottingham's Doing Good Together campaign.
It invited charities from across Notts to apply for a grant for a new project and then chose the three which would have the biggest impact on the community.
The Nottingham's chief executive David Marlow said the education merits of each project and the experience they would provide for future employment made them extremely deserving causes.
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"This year we wanted to make a real difference to a smaller number of projects, focussing on education," he said.
"We had a huge response from groups across the region and it has been really hard deciding on where the money should go.
"We feel the groups above reflect some of the diverse educational needs of our community and we are delighted that we have been able to support them with this funding."
Vineyard Arches Trust was awarded its £5,000 grant for a new project which will engage young people to improve and learn new skills.
The trust recycles used furniture and uses the restoration process to develop news skills in people.
Arches overseer Dick Mansfield said: "The grant is so timely it's just amazing because we have just moved to a larger premises and we were going to spend £5,000 to get a machine which will enable us to equip people with more skills.
"As well as providing people with training it's also about confidence building. At Arches people will always get a well done and a lot of them probably haven't heard that in a long time so it's the confidence building, creating a community and building skills."
Base 51, based in the city centre, will spend its £4,320 on a new Lions' Lair project.
Eight young people aged between 16 and 21 will take part in the Dragons' Den style project, which challenges participants to pitch a trip or event to the rest of the group.
Each person will be given a set budget for their proposal and will formally present this to their group and tutors.
From this one will be selected to be organised and held.
David Bentley, of Base 51, added: "The on-going process from individual pitching to the selected visit will look to improve the young person's functional numeracy and literacy."
Meanwhile TREES Services Limited will be focusing on equipping veterans with new skills and qualifications.
Based in Mansfield, the charity is currently putting veterans to work on its Houses 2 Homes (H2H) project, which helps to re-build the lives of veterans by employing and training them in a range of building and renovation skills to transform derelict properties into homes for ex-service families to live in.
The veterans are currently transforming seven derelict houses in Hillmoor Street, in Mansfield, into five family homes for veterans and two shared units for four veterans to let long-term.
Anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces or is a dependent aged over 18 years is eligible to apply to work on H2H.
Veterans will gain NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations (Construction) and a series of other construction related qualifications.
"Many veterans are disadvantaged when they come out of the armed forces and they find it difficult to access employment and don't have the confidence so through this they will be able to increase their access to employment and other opportunities," said marketing and communications manager Aimi Townsend. "There are five young men working on the project at the moment, looking to get back to civilian life.
"This grant will go a long way towards helping them do that."