Somerset Businesses Support Youth Projects
Representatives from Yeovil Glass and Window Centre and Somerset Community Foundation recently visited Somerset Rural Youth Project (SRYP) at their headquarters in Edington. The charity was recently awarded the first instalment of a £6,000 grant to support the Moped Loan Scheme. In the future, grants to charities working to raise the economic and educational aspirations of vulnerable young in Somerset will be made possible by the newly established Somerset Youth Fund, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation.
Mary Hancock, Deputy Chief Executive of Somerset Community Foundation, said: “We’re really excited that local companies like Yeovil Glass, Gooch & Housego and Langdons are committed to supporting the Somerset Youth Fund. Our aim is to raise £100k for the fund each year to provide substantial, long-term grants to grassroots groups so that their staff can focus more of their time and energy on delivering services, and less on fundraising.”
SRYP's innovative Moped Loan Scheme provides young people with an economical moped at reasonable cost while supporting them and helping them towards organising their own transport. Paul Garrard of Yeovil Glass said: “Our company has run an apprenticeship scheme for many years because we see the value in investing in young people. Now we’re also committed to supporting the Somerset Youth Fund on an on-going basis so that it, in turn, can support wonderful initiatives like the Moped Loan Scheme.”