Shaping Portsmouth are delighted to tell you that we have been granted funding from the National Lottery to support our Coronavirus Community Support programmes.
We will continue to deliver existing projects within the community whilst also expanding new projects to support disadvantaged young people in the community who are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
Our existing projects include our apprenticeship programme, last year our apprenticeship programme supported 444 x 15 year olds who engaged with 59 current apprentices from all the major industry sectors and received direct and clear advice and guidance on the benefits of the apprenticeship programme.
Our Care leavers Project, there are 400 care leavers living in our city today who we aim to support. Our project will begin to offer those young adults who have left the care system but have little support in the city, we will match them with a business mentor to help them on the road to a fulfilling career.
Another example is Project 16-24 where we plan to offer monthly masterclasses with business professionals which will help to improve community engagement between businesses and young people in the city. We will offer specific masterclasses to help to coach young people, learn to fill in CV, prepare for an interview, market themselves and coach them through to a successful interview progress.
Shaping CEO Stef Nienaltowski said “In May of this year at height of the first wave of Covid-19 Louisa Burton, Finance Director on the Shaping Board, and I put together a Lottery Bid for the work we are doing, and plan to do, in the areas of Apprenticeships, Care Leavers & Youth Unemployment.
“Never having had the experience of mounting a Lottery bid before I was amazed at the level of detail required and also the level of support we received from Rebecca Probert from the Lottery organisation.
I was therefore delighted to be told recently that the bid was successful, and we had been awarded some funds to enable us to start or continue with our work in these three areas.
“The support from the Lottery came at a vital time for us and we are grateful for their support which will enable us to deliver on these first three projects.”