Learning support boost

Barclays funding supports appointment for special project

Funding from Barclays' community investment programme has assisted the appointment of a link worker to manage The Children's Centre 'Learning Support' project.

Debbie Dixon will lead the charity's project which will help young people over 16 years of age who are no longer in compulsory education.

The project will deliver a carefully developed programme of education for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment and who face potential mental health and anti-social behaviour problems. The programme includes an element of academic learning and work experience as well as a range of activities aimed at developing both communication and interpersonal skills.

The project is part of The Children's Centre's successful 'Thriving Families' programme, which supports vulnerable families in a number of important ways, including the coordination of a number of different agencies, all designed to prevent the escalation of problems and issues.

Debbie Dixon said: "I am so pleased to be able to take on such an important role for a service which is vital for families across the Island. We know just what a positive impact Learning Support can have and what a difference it can make to so many young people who would otherwise face a whole range of escalating problems. This fantastic funding from Barclays means that we can keep on providing even more of this invaluable help, support and personal development."

Ian Pilley, Lead Citizenship Ambassador at Barclays in the Isle of Man, said: "Barclays has a global commitment to support young people through its community initiative '5 Million Young futures' and a big part of this commitment is offering funding and support to local charities that share our aims of improving the financial, entrepreneurial and employability skills of young people."

Mark Payne, Head of Charitable Services at The Children's Centre agrees, "The Thriving Families Charitable Service also receives funding from the Manx Lottery Trust, the Sheinberg Trust and other sources and this vital additional resource will enable Thriving Families to make a difference to even more lives."

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  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week