• Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

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County Durham charity scoops £15,000 donation

Learning for Life has been granted £15,000 to help those with additional needs find employment as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

The latest phase of the Movement for Good Awards has awarded over £480,000 to charities working across climate change and environment, education and skills, heritage and arts and rural and community sectors.

The County Durham based charity provides education and social care support for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Consett, County Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne.

The £15,000 funding will support a project which aims to give learners aged 16+ with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) the opportunity to gain employability skills and invaluable work experience. It will enable the hiring of a Transitions and Work Experience Co-Ordinator which will focus on organising transition arrangements and securing work experience opportunities for learners with SEND.

The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 900 charities applied for the funding which is being put towards the advancement of education and skills, rural and community development, heritage, arts and culture, and climate change and environment. The winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

The Movement for Good Awards large grants provide charities with flexible funding that can be used within three years and for a blend of capital and running costs for their projects.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “Benefact Group is a family of award-winning companies and the third largest corporate donor to charity in the UK. We are delighted to be able to announce another series of transformational grants and are grateful to all our supporters, including the customers of the trusted insurer, Ecclesiastical, and the boutique responsible and sustainable asset manager, EdenTree. On behalf of the new beneficiaries announced today, we offer them our sincere thanks – whether they realise it or not, they are transforming lives.

Benefact Group understands the importance of longer-term funding for charities, especially when trying to bring ambitious new ideas to life and get larger transformative projects off the ground. Through our large grants, we are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. Owned by a charity ourselves, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do and all of our available profits go to good causes.”

Marie Matthewson, Principal and Head of Services at Learning for Life, said: “Our initiative seeks to create a society where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can feel included, supported, and driven to achieve their professional goals. We are overwhelmed and full of gratitude for the funds received from Movement for Good. We know this will have a massive impact on the work we do, it really is life changing!”

Benefact Group has donated over £200million to charitable causes since 2014 and has been recognised as the third biggest corporate giver in the UK. The organisation aims to reach £250million in donations by 2025.

Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.

For a full list of the winning charities visit: https://benefactgroup.com/movement-for-good