We have just awarded our second grant of £4900 to Villiers Park Educational Trust for their ‘Shaping Your Future’ programme. The Emma Campbell Trust is thrilled to be part of this really important initiative.
Why do we need Shaping Your Future?
Our ‘Shaping Your Future’ programme enables young people to fulfil their potential. Millions of young people in the UK don’t have the opportunities that their talent merits because they come from lower-income backgrounds. They are far less likely to get a job in the professions than their more privileged peers even if they have been to the same university and obtained the same degree grade.
For example, despite for accounting for only 7% of the UK population, the percentage of independently educated employees in the professions are:
Shaping Your Future tackles this inequality and opens door for young people.
What is Shaping Your Future?
We work with bright students from lower-income backgrounds to help them achieve places at top universities. However, they still face considerable inequality once they leave university and start their careers because they lack the confidence and networks enjoyed by their more privileged peers. Shaping Your Future is a strong network of Villiers Park alumni and supporters who offer careers advice and guidance to our students when they are at university or have recently graduated. Your support would ensure that we can continue to help our students to thrive in their chosen careers and break the glass ceiling that still exists in many professions.
Shaping Your Future:
The Villiers Park Newsletter provides some fantastic insight into their work – click here to read and scroll to page five to read about one students experience of their mentor programme.
Update: Funding continued for Villiers Park – read more about this here.
Our first grant has been awarded to a local charity Step by Step Partnership in Aldershot Hampshire.
Empowering homeless young people and those facing adversity
We have specifically chosen to support their ‘First Steps’ programme by donating £5000.
How is our donators’ money being used?
Our donation of £5000 has ensured that there is a dedicated member of staff that can deliver this programme for four hours each week for one year. Previously the programme was underfunded and being run with limited resources. With your money this has changed.
Update – we have extended our funding for Step by Step. Find out more here.
The Source Young People’s Charity based in Aldershot helps those up to age 25 living in in North East Hampshire and surrounding areas, particularly those who are: isolated, vulnerable, struggling at school, in trouble with the law, have challenging family relationships, are homeless, in care, live on their own or are young parents.
Our support for The Source
It takes at least a year and costs The Source over £1,000 to transform the life of a vulnerable Young Parent with complex and multiple needs. We are pleased to be able to make regular donations to The Source to support this work.
You can read more about this by downloading a copy of their latest newsletter. Click here to read now.
If your charity or organisation is interested in being considered for a grant from The Emma Campbell Trust then we would encourage you to read our Funding Policy. This information contains all you need to know about what kind of charities & organisations are likely to be considered for a grant. If, having read the Funding Policy, you consider yourself eligible then we invite you to make an application.