Four Jersey charities have received funding from the Barclays Community Awards 2014 to help with projects benefiting young people.
The Jersey Employment Trust, Words and Numbers Matter, Autism Jersey and Brighter Futures all received a share of the £24,000.
The annual awards are open to registered local charities looking to fund a project or initiative that will support and improve financial, entrepreneurial and employability skills for young islanders.
The charities were chosen because the aims of the projects align with Barclays’ commitment to supporting the initiative Five Million Young Futures. The award recipients were selected by a panel of judges including Barclays’ Adele Langlois and Paul Declat.
Mr Declat, Jersey Director for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management said: “Each year we see some great projects being put forward to the awards and it is wonderful for Barclays to be able give support. These four projects will really benefit the young people of Jersey.”
The Jersey Employment Trust received £5,735 for their project which will involve working with Year 10 pupils (15 year olds) with disabilities in schools to increase their opportunities to attend further education or go into employment. The scheme features a monthly training workshop in industry exposing the young person to what it takes to run a business.
Words and Numbers Matter is receiving funding from the Community Awards for the second year running. The £6,250 of funding will support a project which targets disaffected and disadvantaged young adults that are transitioning from education but struggle to read and write. The charity helps these individuals develop functional skills around CVs and job adverts to aid them finding and keeping a job.
Autism Jersey is planning to set up a social enterprise reconditioning mobile phones. The start-up business will be using the £5,931 of funding from the awards to support initial capital expenditure. Once established the enterprise will employ young people on the autistic spectrum who will be trained to recondition mobile phones and sell them on. Autism Jersey hope the enterprise will be self-funding within 12 months.
Brighter Futures is supporting disadvantaged young people suffering from poverty, isolation, physical illness and low self-esteem. The STEPS programme, that Barclays has donated £6,145.60 to, will see young people go through a ten-week course and receive one to one support from a facilitator. The project will also see individuals being referred for further support to other charities and institutions.
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