New funding backs Spurgeons’ work with West Midlands youth

Young carer and support worker

New funding backs Spurgeons’ work with West Midlands youth

Spurgeons is set to enhance the services its West Midlands youth projects can offer, thanks to some hard fund raising work and the generosity of a number of new grants and trusts.

Our Young Carers services in Birmingham and Wolverhampton will benefit from an additional combined total of £12,000 to fund holiday and respite activities for the young carers.

And our BeLeave early intervention project, which works with Birmingham families to prevent gang related harm and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), has received £400 from The Calpe Trust and £100 from The Blakemore Foundation, as well as a donation from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, to access positive activities for young women in sports, arts and leisure.

The Donald and Patricia Marsh Charitable Trust, which likes to support children and young people, has given £5,000 to our Wolverhampton Young Carers service. This service will also benefit, along with our Birmingham Young Carers service, from a share of new grants made by:

  • Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust – £2,500
  • The SMB Charitable Trust – £2,000
  • The Edgar E Lawley Foundation – £1,500.

Our photo shows a cheque for £1,000 being presented by Moto in the Community to Lizzie Wentworth (second left) and Will John-James (second right) from our Birmingham Young Carers team. The presentation was made at Frankley Moto Service Station between Junctions 3 and 4 of the M5, west of Birmingham.

The Moto in the Community Trust is the charitable arm of UK motorway service provider Moto Hospitality. Raising funds through its network of Moto Service Areas, the charity has given a total of more than £6m to local community partners since it was launched in 2005.

“All of this additional funding is extremely welcome and will help Spurgeons provide more positive opportunities for young people, enabling them to extend their experiences, develop new skills and make new friends,” said Amanda Massey, Regional Manager for the West Midlands.

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the Trusts and Foundations concerned for putting their confidence in our work with young people and also to my Spurgeons colleagues who continue to work so committedly to finding these new funding opportunities.”