We need YOUR support to secure vital funding

We are calling for your support to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017!

Our Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Malvern runs a programme called Be Your Own Boss which facilitates transformational outcomes for the most disadvantaged young people.

It has been nominated for the Aviva Community Fund and stands a chance of winning up to £25,000 to help gain vital funds to continue and expand the scheme. Winning projects rely on votes from the public, so, this is where you come in!

Please take a couple of minutes to help us stand a chance of winning by registering and voting here before Tuesday 21 November!

The programme, called Be Your Own Boss, engages vulnerable young adults, most homeless or care leavers, whom ‘the system’ no longer supports, onto the 14-week Peter Jones Foundation Level 2 BTEC in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

The students are supported to make choices which will move them from dependency on benefits and social housing into employment, self-employment or further education. Students gain a qualification, alongside hands-on, practical business experience and are encouraged to integrate into the local business network. This empowers them to secure their own future.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Malvern was set up in 2016 by a local entrepreneur Beryl Cuckney, who is passionate about making a positive impact on this forgotten yet crucial audience in her local area. Her pilot programme has graduated 17 homeless or vulnerable young people in Worcestershire.

Beryl Cuckney, said: “All of the young people we have worked with have responded to the fantastic opportunity offered to them and have managed to step away from the situations they found themselves in.

“Their onward journeys include return to full-time work, self-employment, college, apprenticeships, charity work abroad and in all cases a more independent life.  Many people in the local community in Malvern and Worcester have supported the programme, and we would really appreciate your vote for the project to ensure we can run further programmes in 2018 to help more young people.”