The National Express Foundation, set up to help disadvantaged young people across the region, has announced which community groups will receive its funding this year.
The Foundation will support projects including the development of an anti-bullying workshop and the development of a youth hub.
In this wave of charitable awards the Foundation will provide £22,500 to assist seven community groups across the West Midlands in providing positive activities for local youngsters.
Five groups from Birmingham will receive a combined £12,500, with Disability Resource Centre using their funding to create an anti-bullying workshop, Handsworth Carers Group providing practical support to young carers as well as social activities to fit their lives, Sport 4 Life UK will run a project aimed at developing employability skills with young unemployed people in East Birmingham, St Basils will help improve homeless young peoples’ life skills and Urban Devotion Birmingham will use their funds to extend after-school drop-in sessions for young people on the Wyrley Birch estate.
They will be joined by two community groups from the Black Country receiving a combined £10,000. Olio Youth Hub, a recipient of funding for the last three years, has received further funds to develop its work with young people in Darlaston and buy new musical equipment for the centre. Wolverhampton Scouts are using funding to build a National Express Lodge in woodlands for use as a ‘field kitchen’.
Two educational institutions, South and City College Birmingham and Coventry University, have also received a combined £50,000 of funding to give disadvantaged youngsters bursaries to help them during their studies.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the Foundation, said:
"We hope this funding will make a big difference to local community groups who are working hard to provide positive activities for young people. These groups, college and university were chosen because of their strong impact in their communities and we hope this funding will help them continue and expand this work. I look forward to seeing these projects in action."
Tamaan Wilkinson, St Basils Learning Skills and Work Manager, said:
"We are so grateful to the National Express Foundation for awarding us this grant to help fund Life Skills courses. Life Skills at St Basils is integral to ensuring young people have the knowledge and confidence to move on successfully but it also has wider impacts; we find that young people’s aspirations are raised and they are more likely to pursue other further education options. This grant will have a lasting impact ensuring improved life chances and a more secure future for our young people.”
Published 5th May 2015