We have been steadily increasing our grant making capacity over the past five years for the benefit of youth charities in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire and occasionally some national charities. Read about our grants in our Annual report and accounts 2014-15 and 2015 to 2016.
Here are some of the major research projects and reports we have been involved with:
- Missing children study: In November 2016, with our support ECPAT-UK published new research with Missing People into the extent of the issue of trafficked children going missing from care. 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.
- Listening to young people: In 2015, the Blagrave Trust and Keystone Accountability enquired into what youth-oriented charities do to listen and respond to the young people they help. For the Trust, this arises from a desire to ensure that accountability to the young people being helped through our grants is given equal priority to other forms of accountability. Read more here. A core priority for the Blagrave Trust is to listen to young people and contribute to debates about how we, as funders and delivery organisations, can do this well. See our Listening page for more information.
Our partners’ impact
- Youth Action Wiltshire: To prevent NEET status for vulnerable young people aged 13-18
In 2013, we agreed a three year grant to Youth Action Wiltshire to support more than 300 young people in Wiltshire who were in danger of becoming, or were currently NEET. They offered a variety of positive activities, volunteering opportunities, information, advice and guidance, individual support and varied accredited learning courses.
The project worked with young people facing challenges in their lives including young carers, young people with SEND, care leavers, young offenders and those who had low previous attainment (0-1 GCSE at grade A-C).
We saw this project as particularly successful because not only did more than 70% of young people leave the project to sustainable activity (education, long-term volunteering, work placement, or employment), but 86% of these young people attained an accreditation which recognised their individual skill development with a total of 912 accredited awards achieved by participating young people and – importantly – 84% of young people recorded an increase in self- confidence and motivation as a result of their involvement. Youth Action Wiltshire place a strong emphasis on young people’s voice and influence and support the Wiltshire Young Listeners – a group of young people trained in peer research – in conjunction with HealthWatch Wiltshire.
The funding we provided sat alongside other programmes of work the charity delivered including a tailored NCS programme and their Foundation Learning programme, building on the funding, resources and young people already involved. Our grant added value and increased success as it allowed the time and resources for workers to be more young people focused and holistic, for example, offering transport where necessary. It also meant the charity could offer varied individually relevant accreditation for young people, which the charity sees as an important factor in its success in attracting participants.
Other reasons this project was so successful were well networked partnerships and collaboration – there was a Working Group of 9 local agencies contributing to project development – co-delivery with an expert agency covering a particularly hard to reach rural part of South West Wiltshire; the Inspire Credits model which incentivised young people’s participation with frequent rewards; and the provision of strong project management and co-ordination by Youth Action Wiltshire.
The Blagrave Trust is committed to transparency, and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. We believe that with better information, grantmakers can be more effective and strategic decision-makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. For more information, visit http://www.threesixtygiving.org.
We have used the 360Giving data standard to create a spreadsheet of all our grants awarded in 2016: 360G-blagravetrust 2016
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