The Pavers Foundation is delighted to share updates from our recent benefactors, the Princes Trust. Stuart Paver is a keen supporter of the charity and was able to donate £15,000 last year from his personal funds within the Pavers Foundation.
Here’s what the charity had to say about the impact of the donations:
“Last May The Pavers Foundation were amongst our very first donors for Yorkshire to come forward to donate to our Young People Relief Fund Appeal, with a generous donation of £5,000. We were so grateful for your swift response to our emergency appeal to enable us to continue our work remotely with vulnerable young people in the depths of the Covid crisis. You also very kindly donated a further £5,000 through our matched Big Give Campaign for our Young People Relief Fund in December, doubling your donation to £10,000, so that your total support was an incredible £15,000 last year. Thanks to your support, we were able to help almost 1,500 new young people in Yorkshire and Humber over the past year.
The past year has been enormously difficult for young people in Yorkshire and the Humber, enduring 3 national lockdowns, isolated from school, friends and family. The challenges we have seen throughout the Covid-19 crisis – such as disrupted educations, furloughed roles and lost livelihoods, and social isolation – continue to play havoc with young people’s lives. Nevertheless, our team stepped up to the mark with a host of programmes designed to keep young people engaged with society and develop their skills and confidence for the world of work.
At the outset of the pandemic, it quickly became clear that we would need to close our centres and suspend face-to-face youth work to ensure the safety of our young people and staff. Undeterred, our youth workers quickly pivoted our programmes online to maintain a strong system of support for those in need.
Our team in Yorkshire and the Humber supported over 300 young people through education programmes last year. Given the unprecedented circumstances for education this year, with most students in the region being out of school for a majority of the past year, we are really proud of our reach and how much the team have achieved. With the return of schools in March 2021, our work is quickly gaining pace and we are being approached by many new schools who are keen to offer our programmes to their students.
Our Health and Social Care programmes were very popular with young people who were ready to step up and do their bit in the region’s fight against Covid-19. Since October, we have run programmes with care-providers such as Maria Mallaband, Active Care and Abbey Care – several of which saw all those taking part moving into social care jobs at the end of their programme. Young people who take part in these programmes are matched with mentors to ensure not just that they find a job, but that they retain it amidst difficult working circumstances.
Thank you again for all that you’ve helped us to achieve”
To read the full report from the Prince’s Trust, please view the document here