Society Foundation

Details of our 2022 grants are announced

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

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Society Foundation - Summary of 2022 Grant Awards

£1,999 funding was awarded to Swansea Arts Music Digital for ISO 9001 certification and staff training related to the certification. Swansea MAD works with 1400 people each year who are marginalised by systemic oppression including people who are recently homeless in insecure accommodation, people who have experience of/have been failed by the criminal justice system and young people aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training.

£2,500 funding was awarded to StandOut Programme to update training materials for a post-COVID job market. StandOut’s mission is that more people leaving prison are empowered to transform their own lives, realise their potential, and escape the justice system for good. People leaving prison need the best possible chance to rebuild their lives if they are to move out of the criminal justice system for good. For many people, the key to achieving that is long-term holistic support through a relationship based on trust. StandOut delivers intensive group programmes inside prison, followed by 1:1 individually tailored support after release, for as long as required. 

£2,500 funding was awarded to Articulate Cultural Trust, for contracting an employability specialist for a short period and commission them to frame out their action research findings, analyse pilot successes and model their project experiences into an inter-connected and progressive curriculum with the potential for high impact.

£1,700 funding was awarded to NE14 Productions  for job training in the arts to younger people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The organisation offers specialised employability training for the arts, tv and film industries which equips beneficiaries with the knowledge to move in to industry, further education or self-employment. NE14 Productions are able to provide on set experiences to give younger people a real foot in the door on productions made by ITV, BBC and Netflix. This helps streamline entry into the industry, which has traditionally excluded people from disadvantaged communities who do not have the same connections as more affluent areas.  

£2,495 funding was awarded to Thanet Community Trust  for succession planning, supporting training of a member of staff which will in turn aid the overall work of the charity. As a registered charity, Thanet Trust has been helping the residents of Thanet since 2002. Their mission is the relief of poverty among local vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Through their work, they have changed the lives of thousands of people. Their community development work helps neighbours come together and has transformed neighbourhoods forever. Their focus is on helping people into, or nearer to, work. They have helped hundreds of local people into jobs and training. They help people raise their skills, gain qualifications, look for work, and start their own businesses.

£2,000 was awarded to 2makeit , which offers ‘wraparound’ support for ex-offenders, offer advice on benefits and housing, CV writing, help with job applications and interviews, as well as providing creative activities. When they continue to support an individual in the community this is in close consultation with agencies such as probation and Jobcentre Plus. Support is not time-limited or pre-packaged but determined by the identified needs of the individual. The funding was awarded for development of a new community support role that will allow them to extend their arts employability provision to those with experience of the criminal justice system - they offer bespoke provision with community links.

£2,500 was awarded to 100 & First, the funding was for training 40 mentors across partner employers, to extend reach. The mentors are drawn from across all functions of each business where the employment opportunities are offered. 100 & First Foundation recognises that real change for their beneficiaries, who are Young Adults (18-24) caught up in the cycle of the criminal justice system, requires a personal journey, during which they shift their identity - from ‘pro-offending’ to ‘pro- social’.


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