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Laying down roots thanks to grant

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Our young people are to gain further

opportunities to develop their

employment skills thanks to a new grant

award.

We have been awarded a grant of £45,176 from BBC

Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation

to support a project to develop an orchard on our site.

The grant will fund the initial capital set-up costs of

the orchard - purchasing trees and associated items,

and a surface irrigation system. Also funded will be

staffing costs of a Job Coach to work with the young

people on the orchard project and other horticulture

activities over 16 months from January 2021.

Sue Piper, our Director of Education and Lifelong

Learning, said: "Vocational learning, including landbased

programmes such as horticulture, is one of

our key areas of learning- to give more opportunities

for our young people to develop the skills and

experiences required to enter the world of work. This

is particularly important as only 32% of people who

are affected by autism are in paid employment.

"The orchard project supports this ambition as our

young people can learn vital horticulture-based skills,

such as using tools and plant care.

"Not only this, the project will also provide

opportunities to improve wellbeing for both young

people and our staff members by increasing

time spent outside, and further develop positive

relationships with trusted adults."

The grant, to be awarded over an 18-month period,

has been allocated through the Inspiring Futures

grant programme. Inspiring Futures is a joint funding

programme between BBC Children in Need and the

Youth Futures Foundation.

Karen White, our Head of Fundraising, said: "This

grant from BBC Children in Need is hugely important

in allowing us to deliver this project.

"The eventual ambition is to use the apples from the

orchard to create a commercial enterprise, similar to

our ground-breaking Bread & Beyond bakery. This

then gives our young people further opportunities to

practice vocational skills in the field of business and

enterprise.

"This grant will truly help to enhance the lives and

employment opportunities of our young people both

in the short-term and long-term future."

BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity

and creativity of the thousands of supporters and

fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the

charity every year. To date the UK public has raised

over £1 billion for children and young people across

the UK.

BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures

Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring

Futures, a £7m fund to support organisations working

to improve employment outcomes for young people

who face disadvantage across the UK and who have

been affected by the impact of COVID-19.

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