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Funding for charity to deliver job training helping young disabled unemployed find work

A Bromley charity has received a £141,000 grant to provide specialist job training for young disabled unemployed people in the borough.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, awarded the money to Bromley Mencap for the new hands-on training project.

The funding will pay for three specialist Job Trainers to deliver work experience, volunteering opportunities and training for 81 young disabled people in horticulture, catering and bike recycling.

The programme will be run through a social enterprise, located in a recently renovated derelict building on the edge of Norman Park.

Trainees will gain qualifications, enhancing their independence and life chances.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“This project will support young unemployed disabled people with new skills, give them a kickstart into a career and help them into employment.

“Work experience and training are vital to giving young people the confidence they need to find the right job.

“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live.”

Eddie Lynch MBE, Chief Executive of Bromley Mencap, said:

“This grant will help us to expand our range of award-winning training and employment programmes within the London Borough of Bromley.

“The trainers will deliver structured courses in catering, horticulture and bike recycling through an accessible learning environment in our new community hub.

“The training will enable young people to gain qualifications, enhance their independence and employment skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem and reduce their social isolation.”

Bromley Mencap is a user-led independent charity working with and on behalf of disabled people. Its mission is to promote the well-being and development of disabled people of all ages, in all areas of their lives, and to support their families.

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

Last year City Bridge Trust launched Bridge to Work, a new £3.3million scheme which will open up a wealth of new employment opportunities for young disabled Londoners.

This ground-breaking programme will narrow the employment gap for young disabled people by providing financial backing for organisations tackling the issue.

Over the next five years, the Bridge to Work programme will fund projects offering employability support for young disabled people, and strengthen links between employers and the disabled community.

Working in partnership with leading disability charities, City Bridge Trust will pay for work experience, personalised support for young disabled people looking for jobs, advice on employment rights, role coaching and a new online training resource for job seekers.

The Trust has awarded around 7,900 grants totalling over £380 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.