Fairbridge support over 3,600 young people aged 13 to 25 each year across 15 teams around the UK. These young people are not in employment, education or training or are at risk of dropping out.
Fairbridge offers young people a fresh start, someone to believe in them and a chance to prove themselves by combining long-term personal support with practical learning experiences to tackle engrained behaviour and attitudes. This enables young people to develop personal, social and life skills.
Every programme is tailored to personal needs and lasts as long as an individual needs support; be that three weeks or three years.
The Fairbridge goal is simple: To build self-belief and motivation in the most hardest to reach young people, offering them the foundations for a life of choice and opportunity.
In 2006 the William Wates Memorial Trust supported the Cardiff centre with a grant of £35,000 and the Kennington centre with a £15,000 grant. These were used to support 18 young people through the entire Fairbridge development programme. Fairbridge is an inspirational charity and the trustees are delighted to report that we supported both centres with a further grant of £50,000 in 2007.
In 2008 the trustees renewed our donation to Cardiff with a further £35,000. Fairbridge is our largest recipient to date.