A CHARITABLE trust has launched a bid for people in Burton to come up with ideas for its next project.
The Burton Breweries Charitable Trust, which supports disadvantaged young people in Burton and South Derbyshire, is inviting members of the public, charities and group to come forward with proposals that will help ‘change the lives’ of youngsters aged seven to 16.
However, this approach is a change of tact for the trust as it now looking at working with young people before they encounter ‘social difficulties’.
Trust chairman Keith Norris said: “The long term partnerships we have developed are proving very successful in supporting vulnerable young people experiencing a range of life changing social difficulties including homelessness, single parents, domestic abuse and rape.
“The trust now has decided to focus on preventative measures by commissioning a three year project aimed at working with at risk young people to prevent them from galling into the types of serious deprived groups that our partners are currently addressing.
“We are currently developing a specification framework for the project and are inviting local charities and other groups to submit suggestions for elements to be included in the framework.”
The trust is comprised of trustees from Marston’s, Molson Coors, Punch Taverns, Spirit Pub Company and independent members.
It now supports a mix of higher profile project and smaller ones.
Some of its recent success stories have been link ups with Burton YMCA, Harvey Girls and SARAC.
The move to branch out in a different direction came following the trust’s 50th meeting when trustees decided to focus on supporting young people in high deprivation areas of Burton.
More information on the trust is available by visiting www.burtonbctrust.co.uk or by emailing ideas for the new approach to helping youngsters to firstname.lastname@example.org