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H&M Foundation launches partnership to support homeless young people in Bristol



Wednesday 28 March 2018

The non-profit H&M Foundation has made a three-year commitment supported by £500,000 to support homeless young people in the UK into employment. Through the Transforming Futures Programme, H&M Foundation is supporting charity 1625 Independent People in Bristol.

 

The Programme will deliver a specialist employability scheme that will help homeless young people in Bristol into work. It incorporates tailored one-to-one support; a bursary scheme aimed at helping them into education, employment and training pathways; and a new digital careers platform that will offer instant expert advice for employment opportunities. 

 

The programme will be delivered into four UK charities– 1625 Independent People, Aberdeen Foyer, Benjamin Foundation, Roundabout – all part of UK-wide movement End Youth Homelessness, launched by Centrepoint

 

“With a SEK 6 million donation (roughly £500,000) over three years, the H&M Foundation’s support will enable homeless young people to access education, employment and training opportunities, helping them to build successful futures as well as providing a long-term solution for youth homelessness, “says Diana Amini, Global Manager, H&M Foundation.

Homeless young people are 5 times more likely to be out of education, employment and training than the national average and are also some of the most marginalised and socially excluded in the UK. Unstable families and experiences of sleeping on the streets leave them with complex issues. By helping young people into education, employment and training as well as equipping them with life and work skills, they can obtain the tools they need to build sustainable futures.

 

“We have always known that the best route out of homelessness is through education and employment, and H&M Foundation have given us the ability to support more young people into college and work by providing this excellent programme,” says Dom Wood, CEO of 1625 Independent People.

 

“We are delighted that the H&M Foundation is supporting vulnerable young people out of homelessness. Each year, more than 83,000 young people are homelessness in the UK. Many become trapped in a cycle of repeated homelessness that is incredibly hard to break. Through the Transforming Futures Programme, the H&M Foundation is contributing to breaking that cycle by supporting young people onto employment pathways that are a vital step towards enabling them to escape homelessness for good,” says Nick Connolly, Head of Corporate, Centrepoint and Director of End Youth Homelessness

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