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Local charity wins grant from NatWest to continue helping young people with financial training

June 29, 2017

Thanks to the NatWest Skills and opportunities fund, YMCA Birmingham has been awarded the opportunity to further support up to 70 young people.

The project entitled “Get Rich or Budget Tryin’” sees plans to deliver financial capability training and skills around gaining employment to the vulnerable people that the charity supports.

The charity aims to deliver the programme over a 12 month period and intends to enrol and train around 70 people.

At the end of the training participants will receive a City & Guilds accreditation that the charity hopes will ignite a thirst for further education.

YMCA Birmingham’s Social Enterprise Director, Laurence Chilver said, “We are thrilled to have been awarded this opportunity to further support vulnerable people within our community. Thanks to the Skills & Opportunities Fund we can now begin to deliver financial capability training to the homeless people we support and local young unemployed people.

We believe this project will make a huge difference as previous experience has shown us that participants that work together as a group are more likely to pursue aspirations through raised confidence and shared experiences. Our aim is to form a group dynamic that will continue throughout the programme and ultimately become self-conducting after the programme with us is completed.”

The charity is calling for potential candidates to get in touch with them as soon as possible for an August 2017 start. If you would like to take part in this year’s programme, please contact Richard Brookes, Training Manager at YMCA Birmingham on: Richard.Brookes@ymcabirmingham.org.uk