The Trust aims to empower local communities to make a difference. George was only 26, but he was a young man who had managed to squeeze so many things into his short life. From ski instructor to St John Ambulance volunteer; top class photographer to brilliant baker, George developed an array of skills and the Trust aims to empower local communities around the UK to support other UK young people in enhancing their skills.
GBCT is supporting the Black E Project in Liverpool to run a ten session cookery skills and nutrition course for around 16 young people. The Black E was launched in 1968 as the UK’s first community arts project and today provides a range of youth arts and education opportunities in the community. George was both an enthusiastic and excellent cook and baker, so the GBCT is delighted to be able to support this initiative with a grant of £1800.
The John Muir Award is an educational initiative that delivers opportunities for outdoor learning, conservation volunteering and skills development to young people. The John Muir Trust is currently expanding access to the award in Wales with an aim to enable a further 6000 young people to participate. GBCT is proud to be supporting this initiative with a £1500 grant that will enable the training of additional providers.
A grant of over £1600 is being made to CRIMINON, a charity that works with young offenders to assist them in their education and rehabilitation so that they can make a positive contribution to society. GBCT’s grant will be used to fund further provision of CRIMINON’s highly regarded distance learning courses that cover a range of subjects including: reading and learning skills; self-respect and confidence; and problem solving. The Trustees understand from reviewing this application that nearly 50% of young offenders have no school qualifications at all, so are pleased to support this initiative and the young people involved in developing a range of skills that may often be taken for granted.