IFB family businesses provide much needed boost for Liverpool young people's charity
15th September 2011
Leading members of the UK's family business sector have praised the work of the Fairbridge programme, part of national youth charity The Prince's Trust, during a visit to its Liverpool base.
Chairman of the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Ross Warburton, of the bakers Warburtons, presented a cheque for £17,500 after meeting with staff and young people.
Fairbridge is in urgent need of funds as its current building is unfit for purpose. The sum was raised at a Gala Dinner at Liverpool Cathedral attended by the Lord Mayor Frank Prendergast, to celebrate the 10th anniversary IFB National Conference in June.
Ross Warburton, who was joined on the tour by Edward Billington of Edward Billington & Son Ltd, and IFB Regional Chairman Mike Roberts, of Frank Roberts & Son, said: "I'm very pleased to come here in person to present this cheque.
"Family businesses believe strongly in philanthropy and it's great to give something back to Liverpool after the warm welcome and fantastic hospitality we received during the IFB National Conference.
"Edward Billington, whose family firm began in Liverpool in 1858, said: "In choosing the Fairbridge programme as this year's IFB nominated charity we recognised their desperate need for funds and the immense value of their work in Liverpool and around the UK.
Merseyside centre chairman Sir Michael Bibby, said the Fairbridge programme was enormously grateful to the IFB for its generosity.
"A lot of credit for the size of this donation must go to our young person Carla who gave such a compelling and moving speech at the IFB dinner she received a standing ovation," he said.
Sir Michael explained that the donation came at exactly the right time for the Fairbridge programme, as it urgently needs to raise a further £100,000 to move new premises as its current building is unfit for purpose. Moreover, as a result of its recent merger with The Prince's Trust it wants to expand and extend its operations to work with more disadvantaged young people.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13-to-30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince of Wales's charity has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training. In April 2011, Fairbridge became part of The Prince's Trust. The new united organisation will help 50,000 young people this year.
Background to the Fairbridge programme
Last year, 192 disengaged young people came to the Fairbridge programme in Merseyside, 99% of which had three or more issues to be addressed including substance misuse, low self-esteem, had a history of offending or difficulties with literacy and/or numeracy. Working with local communities and using a unique combination of challenging activities and one-to-one support, 86% of the young people we worked with last year went on to achieve something positive such as return to or start education, gain a qualification, training, employment or remain on our programme.