Three new local charity partnerships

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Brighton based OneFamily has announced three new charity partnerships that will help young people in the city.

The financial services company will provide £10,000 of funding annually to each charity along with hands-on support through employee volunteering, mentoring and the sharing of skills, networks and experience.

The charities that will be benefiting are Spear Brighton Trust which helps unemployed young people, Team Domenica which helps those with learning disabilities to discover their career potential and The Clock Tower Sanctuary which supports the young homeless.

Teddy Nyahasha, the CEO of OneFamily said,

“As a mutual, supporting our local community is very important to us and has been a key focus of ours for many years. So, we’re looking forward to working with our new charity partners from across the city to help them to continue to do their crucial work at a time when the services they provide are more important than ever.

“But it’s not just about handing money over and believing that the job is done. Our long-term commitment means that, as active partners, we’ll also be investing time and practical support that we hope will make a real impact to the lives of others.”

The new charity partnerships:

The Clock Tower Sanctuary works with young homeless people to give them space, support and stability. It provides a space for 16 to 25-year olds who are homeless so they can feel safe whilst also getting access to services and support. OneFamily is supporting the charity’s ‘Towards Stability’ project, which is designed for clients who are ready to move into housing and are looking to find work or training and take their first steps towards a more secure life.

Frances Duncan, CEO of The Clock Tower Sanctuary said:

“As a small frontline service supporting some of the most vulnerable young adults in Brighton & Hove, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our doors open.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the team at One Family as a charity partner and are grateful for the financial contribution towards our work which helps young people to move out of homelessness and into more stable futures.”

Spear Brighton Trust inspires and helps young people facing barriers to employment by focusing on the key issues that help them to succeed in work – attitude, confidence and qualifications.

OneFamily will be supporting The Spear Programme, which unlocks the innate talent and potential of young people, igniting in them ‘a vision of the possible’. As well as helping the charity with valuable funding, OneFamily aims to make a direct, tangible impact through sharing its skills, networks and experience.

Trustee of Spear Brighton Trust, Pippa Satchwell Smith said:

“We are so excited to be partnering with OneFamily over the next few years. Their support comes at such a critical time with young people one of the hardest hit from the coronavirus pandemic increasingly bearing the brunt of the unemployment crisis. Spear Brighton works with young people with real potential facing social and personal barriers to employment. With OneFamily’s support we can equip and support 16-to-24-year-olds who are not in education, employment, or training to overcome these difficulties and sustain employment or education.

“OneFamily is not only supporting us financially but will also offer essential in-kind support through employees’ time and skills, for example in our mock interview and career panel sessions with the young trainees, as well as potential work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for our graduates. Partnerships with local businesses such as OneFamily are so pivotal to impact of our programme as we aim to transform the lives of those young people we support.”

Team Domenica is a social enterprise charity. Its mission is to help people with learning disabilities discover their career potential, to create employment opportunities and to remove barriers to work in local communities.

OneFamily will work with Team Domenica to help to raise its profile in the community and provide funding to support its employment centre, which provides additional work experience, internships and employment opportunities.

Founder and Chair of Team Domenica, Rosa Monckton MBE said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen as a OneFamily charity partner. It’s tough for young people with learning disabilities to find work and their place in society. It’s even harder for them to keep hold of employment without support.

“This generous donation from OneFamily will be transformational to our Wrap Around Programme – the service that ensures that our candidates and our partnered employers are supported for life. With the expansion of this service, we can be certain that our candidates will retain their hard-earned paid work.”