The future is digital
Helping a charity give young people computer training
St Basil’s is a charity that works with homeless 16 to 25 year olds across the West Midlands. Single or young mothers with children, they have suffered neglect, abuse, poverty, bereavement, grown up in care, have mental health problems or have offended – often a devastating combination of all these. 87% of the young people who St Basils helps are not in education, employment or training at the time they enter their service. But the Allchurches Grant will help to make sure that doesn’t remain the case.
St Basil’s runs 28 supported accommodation centres and has recently enlarged its project in Redditch, a particularly deprived part of Birmingham, so that it can house 24 young people. But imagine 24 young people in a house with only one small room with a computer! Doing CVs, applying for courses and jobs, filing in benefit forms: all these essential steps to getting back on track are made even harder by lack of access to IT.
An Allchurches grant will provide St Basil’s with three new computers, tables and chairs for a properly equipped training room. No more having to print off application forms and do everything on paper!
Barrie Hodge, head of fundraising at St Basils, said, “With the grant from Allchurches we will be able to provide vital equipment to young people which will improve their lives. We are truly grateful for the support and, on behalf of the young people we support, thank you for helping to give them a positive future.”