THE Wesleyan Foundation has now awarded a total of £3 million to good causes across the UK since its launch three years ago.
After pledging a further £50,000 to the Titan Partnership earlier this year, a Birmingham charity that has been tackling tech poverty within schools during the pandemic, Wesleyan hit the £3 million milestone. The Wesleyan Foundation has now awarded more than 500 grants to charities, community groups and social enterprises across the UK.
In 2017 Wesleyan, the specialist financial services mutual, launched the Wesleyan Foundation as part of their commitment to supporting great causes that are important to their members and the communities in which they live and work.
The aim of the Foundation is to support grassroots, volunteer and community-led projects that make a real difference across the UK, targeting four key themes: health and wellbeing, education, innovation and social development.
Nathan Wallis, Chief of Staff at Wesleyan, said:
“In just over three years the Foundation has gone from strength to strength working with hundreds of organisations across the UK that improve lives and transform communities.
“We are delighted to reach our £3 million landmark and it’s great working with our customers to understand and support the causes they hold close to their hearts. As a mutual, we want to make a difference for our customers and for our communities.”
Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Chief Executive Officer of Titan Partnership, said:
“We’re a small education-focused charity based in Birmingham, working with primary and secondary schools, further and higher education. One of our key priorities is equality, diversity and inclusion, so tech poverty is of real concern to us.
“A lot of the schools that we work with are in extremely deprived areas of Birmingham, so the tech poverty challenge has hit these schools particularly badly.”
Titan was awarded £50,000 to support their Computers for Children campaign which was launched in the early stages of the pandemic.
“We know that many of our schools don’t have the capacity to allocate one device per student.
“So far, we’ve delivered 149 devices to both primary and secondary schools. With the £50,000 from Wesleyan, we are aiming for at least another 200 devices, which will make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families.
“We’re just absolutely delighted. Wesleyan does some outstanding work with teachers as part of their core activity however this additional support is so very much appreciated. The Wesleyan Foundation adds another layer of much-needed support for the education sector that is working so hard to ensure that young people are not left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a transformative amount of money for our schools.”
For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation and to apply for funding, please visit: https://www.wesleyan.co.uk/foundation/.
For more information about Titan Partnership and the support it provides to schools, please visit: www.titan.org.uk.