Our Funding

Funded projects

We have been steadily increasing our grant making capacity for the benefit of youth charities in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire and occasionally some national charities.

We work with 360Giving to publish information; you can see a spreadsheet of all our 2016 grants here: 360G-blagravetrust 2016 and their locations in the map below.

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Research

Here are some of the major research projects and reports we have been involved with:

  • Young people’s participation in Child Sexual Exploitation services: We are supporting the the International Centre for Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking to understand the scope and nature of young people’s participation in CSE services across England. Read the literature review here.
  • Missing children study: With our support ECPAT-UK published new research with Missing People into the extent of the issue of trafficked children going missing from care in November 2016. Read more here.
  • Outdoor learning study: In 2015, the Blagrave Trust brought together partners including the Institute of Outdoor Learning to ask: what do we know about the effectiveness of outdoor learning? What is its scale? What outcomes are organisations working towards? What is known about good practice? Read more here.

Our partners’ impact

A snapshot of the work of three recent partners, and why they were particularly of interest to us.

  • Artswork: To offer young care leavers an insight into careers in the arts

We awarded a three year grant to national Arts charity Artswork to offer a small group of young care leavers in Portsmouth the chance to take part in a bespoke, full time career placement with an arts organisation, alongside a programme of mentoring and group based support. In the first year, 8 of the 9 young people left the programme for further work or training opportunities and two of these will be entering arts related careers.

We liked this project because careers in the arts sector are often closed to young people without supportive families or the right introductions. Young care leavers are at a particular disadvantage at transition points and this project provides extra key work support, addressing formal needs such as functional skills, and informal needs of young people for confidence, reassurance and understanding. Also, by working with employers and volunteer mentors we felt the project would improve future opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

Education charity Achievement for All is piloting the provision of flexibile and tailored expert support to FE Colleges. Feedback so far indicates the support is resulting in culture and ethos changes in Colleges so they can better meet the needs of disadvantaged young people. An external evaluation looking at whether the support provided for the College has resulted in improved academic and wellbeing outcomes will report in autumn 2017. We valued this project as an opportunity not just to improve outcomes within 22 colleges serving disadvantaged young people at at key transition point in their lives, but potentially also to influence national policy and practice at a time of instability in the sector.

EBP matched Year 11 students with volunteer mentors from the business community to receive one to one weekly mentoring, supplemented by some group work. Feedback from young people has that it helped them to be more confident in themselves and clearer about their future education and employment choices. We liked this project because students will continue to receive mentoring over the summer and into their first term of apprenticeships or Post 16 education in order to promote a positive transition, and we hope to see an impact on the resulting NEET rates once measured in the autumn.