Date: 28/01/2021
Company: Positive Steps

Positive Steps is one of 100 UK charities that was recently chosen to receive Barclays UK COVID-19 Community Relief Funding of £100K which will be targeted to support local young people and their families across all our services over the next 12 months. The main aim of this fund is to help our communities begin to recover from the devastating effects that Covid 19 and lockdown measures have had and to help remove barriers associated with digital poverty, social isolation, lack of aspiration and social mobility

Specifically, the funding will support:

  • The purchase of 150 x Tablets to enable young people and families to participate in 150 x Online Speaker Sessions that we are currently developing and planning to facilitate over the next 12 months. Speakers will include local private, public and third sector employers who will enable the local community to build positive digital networks, link with local businesses, reduce social isolation and improve access to information, advice and guidance around local opportunities and support services
  • Positive Cycles will give way 500 refurbished and serviced cycles to local secondary school pupils, to enable them to travel to and from school without worrying about accessing public transport. We are seeking the donation of unwanted cycles so we can bring them back to life so to donate to those who really need it With this in mind, we would like to ask the public for any cycle donations as well as the local business community to get involved in supporting any online sessions. If you can help, please get in touch

Steph Bolshaw, Chief Executive Positive Steps, said: “Across Positive Steps we support some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people with an ethos of helping them take control of their lives and transform their life chances. This challenge increased exponentially when Covid-19 started to take effect with the most deprived in society being disproportionately affected in both health and economic terms.  We are excited to be one of Barclays 100 Charities which enables us to do even more to support the local community."

Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Positive Steps and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.”

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