Hastings-based Education Futures Trust is a charitable organisation seeking to advance education for the public benefit in Hastings and the surrounding area. Working with schools and families, it aims to support the establishment, development and delivery of programmes that will advance education and enable the participants to derive maximum benefit. 

Education Futures Trust has been awarded a grant of £48,642 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at risk of being drawn into violent crime through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Trust will use the funding to deliver a much-needed youth programme to children at risk. This relationship-based programme will offer children and young people in the local area the chance to participate in activities they have identified as enjoying and will take place in community venues. 

Each week, Education Futures Trust will deliver a half-day course, two after school courses and two online quizzes and competitions, with courses lasting 10-12 weeks and being repeated three times. Eligible young people will have access to one of the courses as well as online sessions each week. 

Carole Dixon, CEO of Education Futures Trust explains: “Young people have told us that they feel isolated and worried, so these activities have been designed to provide a safe place where participants can enjoy challenge, discuss their concerns and learn new skills.” 

“It’s been too easy to forget vulnerable young people during this crisis,” says Jon Yates, Executive Director at Youth Endowment Fund. “The pandemic has removed much of the critical support that many of them rely upon – from teachers to youth workers. This funding will help us find the best way to reach and support these young people when they most need it.” 

The Youth Endowment Fund is an independent charitable trust that funds, supports and evaluates projects in England and Wales which work to prevent children and young people from being drawn into violent crime. 

For more information on the Education Futures Trust visit educationfuturestrust.org; for information about the Youth Endowment Fund visit youthendowmentfund.org.uk

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