We’re ecstatic to announce that our application to the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, Youth Centre Recovery Fund has been successful. As a result, ESTEEM will be the recipients of a £52,215 grant to help us move forward after what has been a very challenging year. This money will go towards core costs and overheads for the charity.
The funding has come at a critical time. Youth charities are facing extreme challenges across the UK. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an increased need for youth services which, combined with increased competition for funding, has meant that many youth charities are struggling to stay afloat. A study by The National Youth Agency shows that 1 in 2 youth charities will be unable to meet operational costs within 12 months.
ESTEEM is one of 148 youth organisations to receive a share of £6.5 million, with the remaining £1.5 million being given to the charity UK Youth, which will use the remainder to help small youth centres at the hearts of communities that weren’t eligible for funding as part of the main fund.
Julia and Hans Rausing said:
“The last year has been incredibly difficult for young people, whose education and social lives have been severely interrupted by the pandemic. Youth Centres play a vital role in providing young people with educational, leisure and social opportunities.”
“We are delighted to be supporting charities across the country that can make a real difference in their local communities and have a positive impact on young people’s life chances.”
ESTEEM runs social, wellbeing, volunteering and mentoring opportunities for young people aged 14-26 across Sussex. We’ve seen first-hand how challenging the pandemic has been for many local young people. There has been a significant increase in the number of referrals to ESTEEM from very isolated young people and a significant increase in the demand for our wellbeing services.
Andy Nall-Cain, ESTEEM’s Marketing and Comms Manager, said:
“I’m proud that we’ve been able to stay open throughout lockdown and am hugely grateful for the funding from the Julia & Hans Rausing Trust. Their support means that we’ll be able to continue to offer essential services to young people at a pivotal time as lockdown eases.”
ESTEEM will use the funding to help keep its services running in the face of additional costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, funding will go to supporting staff, building and administrative costs.