Comic Relief helps project get ‘Onside’

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Two organisations working within the black country region to support young adults who face additional barriers to employment have been awarded a grant of over £85,000 from Comic Relief to get a new project off the ground.

The funding has been awarded to Midland Heart to launch a new project called ‘Onside' with long-term partners, The Albion Foundation.

The funding will be used to employ a full-time intervention worker over the next two years to work with young people aged 14 and 15 to help them get better prepared for the work environment earlier.

Midland Heart has been working with the Albion Foundation for over two years', through employing young people referred from the Foundation onto its Back on Track apprentice scheme.

"Back on Track is a great route to employment for those aged 16 and above but many are still not work ready. This funding is critical as it will add another layer to the work already being done by getting young people ‘onside' from the age of 14," says Gail Walters head of community engagement at Midland Heart.

"Addressing these issues early is key and by working closely with our intervention worker we hope to be able to give these young people the best possible start, broadening their educational and employment opportunities."

The Albion Foundation works with West Bromwich Albion Football Club to make a difference to the local community. Since it formed in 1999, it has worked to reach out and raise aspirations within the community in which they serve.

Allison Tripney at the Albion Foundation says: "Not every young person has the same start in life and by the time they reach sixteen some have not developed the social or educational skills to make them a realistic employment choice for employers.

"The new intervention worker will help change this as they will provide support at an earlier stage than currently available. The funding provided by Comic Relief will make a huge difference."

Comic Relief supports UK organisations which have the ideas and ability to tackle complex problems to create positive change.

15th April 2015 | News, schemes and services | News