1625 Independent People (1625ip) have been chosen as the South West region’s Society Partner by staff at Deloitte’s Bristol office, as part of Deloitte UK’s Society Partnerships programme. The programme is part of the business advisory firm’s new responsible business strategy, One Million Futures, which aims to help one million people get to where they want to be, by overcoming barriers to education and employment, and giving individuals the skills and opportunities to succeed.
The partnership was announced today and will run for three years, allowing Deloitte staff the opportunity to make a significant impact in supporting the work of the charity. Deloitte won a Corporate Engagement Award in recognition of the transformative value of their pro bono work.
The partnership will see Deloitte staff play a proactive role in helping 1625ip deal with key organisational challenges, not just raising funds but also providing time and expertise through volunteering and pro bono support, particularly around improving young people’s access to employment, training and education.
Initiatives already run by 1625ip to support young people in raising their aspirations and developing young people’s leadership skills include Peer Support, Peer Education in schools and Community Mentoring. As well as one to one tailored support, young people can access regular workshops and drop ins ranging from cooking to football to furniture upcycling to help them develop confidence and life skills such as money management, team work and how to look after their physical and mental health.
Support from Deloitte staff over the next three years will us to develop this offer further, building the capacity needed to help young people see their potential and achieve it.
Jamie Gill, Partnerships Director at 1625ip, said:
“We are over the moon about working with Deloitte, we have been supporting young people for over 30 years and know how much more we can achieve with the support of local companies. Coupling Deloitte’s vast business experience and fantastic staff with our youth services expertise will surely result in amazing work and improved outcomes for some of the most vulnerable young people in our cities.”
Martyn Gregory, Practice Senior Partner for Deloitte in the South West, said:
“As a firm, we have set an ambitious target to focus our efforts on impacting one million futures and through working with 1625ip we aim to make a real difference to local young people and the community in which we work.”
Mr Gregory added:
“We believe it’s not where you’re from that’s important, what counts is where you are going.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, commented:
"It’s great to see Deloitte and 1625 Independent People coming together for the good of Bristol’s residents.
As a UNESCO Learning City we want all of our young people to share in our city’s success. When we come together, we can make the changes our City needs and give our young people the support and encouragement to get involved and create a great future for themselves."
We look forward to working with Deloitte over the three year period to realise a shared vision of every young person, no matter their start in life, having the chance to achieve a bright future.
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