The John Lewis Foundation is set to help improve the lives of young people across Leicester with a landmark £30k grant to local charity TwentyTwenty.
TwentyTwenty will use the donation to help support around 60 disadvantaged and disengaged young adults across the East Midlands and encourage them into either further education or straight into sustainable employment.
Over the 12-month period, the 11-25 year olds involved in their two programmes, a short “Engage” Course, followed by a six month “Prepare” course will receive help to build sustainable futures through a range of integrated projects hosted at the Leicester LifeSkills Centre, based in Leicester City Centre.
Joanna Burrows, TwentyTwenty Community Fundraiser, stated: “This fantastic second tranche of funding from The John Lewis Foundation will enable us to proceed with supporting more young people to take part in our ‘Journey to Work’ course in Leicester.
“It’s designed to help those who everyone else has sadly given up on. These are young people who need not only key skills, but counselling, coaching and support in order to break the cycles of hopelessness and unemployment that they exist in.
“In a very tough funding environment, we are very grateful to The John Lewis Foundation for showing its confidence in us. The donation will be used to achieve the biggest impact on those who need it most.”
Miranda Spottiswoode, Partner & Programme Coordinator at John Lewis Foundation, said: “We’ve worked with the TwentyTwenty team in the past and are always impressed with the work that they do and the impact it has on the lives of the young adults they support.
“Providing disadvantaged young adults in Leicester with opportunities to learn and progress, as well as helping to build their confidence, will be extremely beneficial to them and their local communities and hopefully allow them to acquire the necessary knowledge to improve their future employment prospects.”
The John Lewis Foundation was established in 2007 to benefit communities in the UK and overseas where John Lewis & Partners operates. It seeks to invest in communities that support the John Lewis & Partners business throughout the world and help them to acquire the relevant skills required for meaningful employment.