Support from National Express

Our care leavers will be supported with life skills workshops thanks to funding from the National Express Foundation!

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A whopping 4,000 young people across 15 charities will benefit from the largest ever National Express Foundation grants – YLF being one of them!

The National Express Foundation, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people, has once again pledged life changing sums of money to young people via community groups and educational institutions this month and YLF is extremely delighted to have recently been awarded £10,000!

We will use the grant to establish the National Express Life Skills Programme for young people in care. The programme will run workshops and positive activities to help these young people transition successfully to independent living. We will invite speakers in and work with these care leavers to help them acquire practical life skills, discuss education and employment opportunities, encourage taking further qualifications, practise CV writing and interview techniques and promote healthy and safe lifestyles, as well as giving emotional and mental health support.

Stephen Gray, CEO, says:

“We are delighted to have received funding from the National Express Foundation, which will be used to deliver a training programme for care leavers across Medway. Many care leavers face barriers and obstacles and some start to live independently as young as 16,  compared to the national average of leaving home at 24. This funding allows us to provide valuable training on life skills and help many young adults develop the skills they need to face the pressures of living alone at such a young age. We are so grateful and can’t wait to get started!”

For the full list of community groups who benefited from the National Express Foundation’s community grant funding click here.