Charity of the year – Against the Grain

against the grainWe are pleased to be working with Against The Grain

Against the Grain is a start-up charity established to support the most vulnerable and challenging young people.  Their dual mission is to:

  •         support the most vulnerable and challenging young people to learn new skills and grow in confidence, self-esteem and resilience to gain and sustain employment (with training); and
  •         contribute to the protection of the environment through diversion of material from landfill through upcycling and onward sale.

Their approach is to provide real-life experience of work for the most vulnerable young people who have been excluded from school, are Looked After or leaving care (or otherwise significantly disadvantaged) so that they learn practical, employability and life skills enabling them to gain sustainable employment/learning.

They employ and train young people (rather than them simply being their clients) as trainees (and, as they progress, as apprentices) to upcycle and restore donated and discarded furniture into good quality products for onward sale.  Their trainees grow in confidence and resilience, learn new skills, gain qualifications and have the satisfaction and confidence that comes from a real job, with a salary, and from running their own business.  They also aim to divert at least 250 household items a year from landfill.

So far we have facilitated an away day for their trustees and provided support with their budgeting process as well as being pleased to link them in with our friends at Digital Gum for free support with their social media and web presence.

If, as one of our clients or as part of our network, you’d like to get involved we’d be delighted.

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You can read about our previous charity of the year Trust House here