Hastings charity’s cash boost

NatWest South East Regional Board members Daryl Gayler (left) and Jason Dempsey (right) with WorkingRite's Carole Barham and Kristin Stevenson, alongside two trainees
NatWest South East Regional Board members Daryl Gayler (left) and Jason Dempsey (right) with WorkingRite's Carole Barham and Kristin Stevenson, alongside two trainees

A charity which helps young people into employment has received a cash boost of more than £27,000.

WorkingRite’s Hastings branch in Cambridge Road was one of three social enterprises in the south east that received money from a share of more than £1 million from NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Winners were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants in total.

The fund seeks to support community and charity initiatives that help people achieve qualifications, get into work or set up their own business, now or in the future.

WorkingRite helps disadvantaged 16- to 18-year-olds who need support, into employment, apprenticeships or learning.

The funding will cover the costs of a project co-ordinator, allowing WorkingRite to expand its service in East Sussex.

Lucinda Jeffery, fundraising and marketing manager of WorkingRite, said: “WorkingRite is absolutely delighted to receive this grant which will cover the salary of one of our project co-ordinators in East Sussex – a role that is fundamental to the delivery of our youth employment programme.

“Our project co-ordinators support 16- to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training through mentored work placements with local businesses, lasting up to 26 weeks.

“The NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund will help 40 young people grow in confidence, find purpose and gain the skills needed to transform their own lives. It will also allow WorkingRite to build its presence in the south east and give more young people the chance to secure a happy and stable job or apprenticeship.”

Tim Boag, chairman of NatWest’s South East Regional Board, said: “I am delighted we are supporting these organisations wich will make a big difference to many people in their area. Our investment will support them in developing employment, education and enterprise skills in the south east for those individuals and communities who most need it.

“As well as providing finance we will also look to partner each winner through volunteering, mentoring and advice.”

Thom Kenrick, head of community programmes at RBS, said: “We are delighted with the response to our new Skills & Opportunities Fund and pleased to support such fantastic local community organisations with much-needed funds to help their projects get off the ground or expand even further.”

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