SEGRO had intended to support five groups with this round of funding but they were so impressed with the shortlist of charities from BCF that they instead chose to support an additional group. Each group will receive a grant of up to £5,000.
- Adult Dyslexia Centre will run a 12 month inter-agency project, to break down barriers to employment and integration in society, in East Berkshire.
- Aik Saath will research employment options for young people with SEN and which qualifications they can seek to boost employability. They will also arrange placements.
- Learning to Work will use workshops, business visits and mentors to give students an understanding of work, transferable skills, expectations and entry level requirements for a variety of career paths.
- Mustard Tree – Starting Point will recruit and train 20 volunteer mentors to support young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) helping them with applications, open days and interviews. They will continue to provide a ‘listening ear’ once they are EET .
- Parents and Children Together (PACT) will employ a Support Worker to coordinate and continue to deliver its successful Alana House Job Club.
- River Church will fund a Job Club for those who live in Britwell and the surrounding areas of Slough. They hope to support 150 beneficiaries.
The Thames Valley Community Fund, delivered in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), was launched in November 2017 with £25,000 to help fund projects that support disadvantaged communities and help local people to develop the skills and confidence to gain employment now and in the future. They have now awarded over £50,000 to 11 groups.
“The SEGRO Community Fund is a great way for us to support grass root community projects and local charities that have a positive impact in the communities where we operate.”
Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director, SEGRO
“We are delighted to be working with SEGRO to support these six causes. With the support of SEGRO we are able to make a real difference to the charities working tirelessly to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the local area.”
Gerry Lejeune OBE, Chief Executive of Berkshire Community Foundation
“I am very grateful for this grant of £5,000 from SEGRO. I am looking forward to using this grant to further our work at Starting Point through recruitment, training and monitoring of more volunteer mentors. I have been privileged to witness first-hand the significant impact BCF funding has had on local lives to date.
Thank you SEGRO and BCF on behalf of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.”
Sam Lloyd, Project Manager of Starting Point, The Mustard Tree