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Deutsche Bank and The Wessex Youth Trust
Deutsche Bank, one of the world's leading international financial services providers, is already well known for its award-winning corporate community investment and charitable giving programmes. Its global corporate social responsibility programme aims to make a positive and tangible difference to disadvantaged communities around the world. One of Deutsche Bank's goals is to give young people access to better quality education, enabling them to achieve their full potential in life - an objective shared with the Wessex Youth Trust.
"As one of the largest employers in the City of London, Deutsche Bank feels that it is important to build strong relationships between itself, its employees and its community...."
As one of the largest employers in the City of London, Deutsche Bank feels that it is important to build strong relationships between itself, its employees and its community. Working with The Wessex Youth Trust has enabled the Bank to support a number of smaller, grassroots projects which meet its community investment criteria. The Trust has been responsible for reviewing the projects in question as part of its normal due diligence programme before selecting with Deutsche Bank relevant community organisations. The Trust also monitors the effectiveness of the grants, ensuring the donations are making a meaningful difference to the charities and their clients.
In both 2007 and 2010, Deutsche Bank has been honoured to organise visits for TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex and senior bank executives to visit several of the projects that this unique partnership has supported.
"Small, grassroots organisations play a vital role delivering services to their local communities, but due to their size often lack the capacity to access funding from the corporate sector. Likewise, large companies can lack the resources to identify effective local delivery agents. This partnership has combined the strengths of Deutsche Bank and the Wessex Youth Trust to ensure that together we are making a difference to the lives of young people in some of the most deprived areas of London."
Director, Corporate Citizenship UK
Charities supported by the Deutsche Bank and The Trust
The Deutsche Bank-Wessex Youth Trust partnership has supported 29 with 46 grants since the beginning of the relationship, collaboratively investing £280,271 in London's communities.
Friendship Works provides support to socially isolated young people via adult mentors. The grant will fund the training of 15 volunteers who will in turn support 15 young people for a minimum of two years.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has received funding to run "Get Your Act Together" - participatory music making projects for young people on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets, London.
The Archway Project Ltd works with vulnerable young people to divert them away from crime or re-offending, and to help them attain the necessary skills and qualifications to secure employment. The grant will help them equip and IT suite in the new premises.
Matt's Gallery based in East London, received funding to run creative workshops for young Tower Hamlets residents in partnership with medical students from Kings College and University College London.
Blind in Business focuses on giving young, blind schoolchildren and graduates, the confidence, skills and technology to attain good jobs. This partnership has funded two training courses to supplement their careers work, and has helped young blind people to construct, implement and develop a personal career action plan.
Tolerance International UK provides support for victims of extremism and intolerance. The grant enabled them to run their educational programme "Embrace Tolerance" in three inner-London schools within Citizenship classes.
Circus Space is a centre of excellence for circus skills based in Hoxton, East London. The three grants each paid for a week-long circus summer school for young people aged 11-18 from inner London.
Street League provides a range of sporting activities to engage with disadvantaged young people, with a special focus on the homeless. Their work depends on over 35 volunteers, and this grant is specifically supporting their volunteering programme.
Cardboard Citizens is a homelessness charity working across London and the grant will support their arts workshops and theatre performances in hostels. These activities engage residents in thinking through their personal challenges and signpost them to relevant support services.
Hanley Crouch Community Association is a North London charity that focuses on improving the quality of life for its local community. The partnership funding is supporting an evening music project for young people.
St Giles Trust is one of the London's leading homeless charities. The grant specifically funded their NVQ training project for homeless and at risk young people in Camberwell.
Hoxton Hall is a charity that works on improving social welfare and economic regeneration through training, recreation, personal and creative development in Hoxton and the surrounding boroughs. They have received several grants to support their music and drama workshops for young people.
The Bloomfield Learning Centre for Children provides specialist assessment and teaching for six to sixteen year olds with dyslexia from disadvantaged backgrounds. The donation was used to help fund the salary of a specialist teacher, enabling them to offer free lessons to needy children.
Glamis Adventure Playground operates a free adventure playground facility for deprived children based in the Shadwell and Tower Hamlets area of East London. Through repeat funding, they have been able to build several new structures on the playground as well as complete remedial access and resurfacing work.
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activities Centre provides young people with opportunities to participate in supervised outdoor activities in their leisure time. The grant enabled them to expand the reach and range of their programmes.
Wapping Bangladesh Association is a registered charity supporting the Bangladeshi community in East London through educational, advisory and recreational activities. The funding established a project to empower young women, helping them address the barriers that prevent their participation and involvement.
Ensign Youth Club in East London received funding to enable them to set up a gardening club for their young clients, introducing them to horticulture and healthy eating.
Youth Bank Tower Hamlets. Funding was provided in 2005 to enable young people with disabilities and low literacy levels to develop small projects benefiting their local community.
Straight Talking Peer Education has received core support through the partnership to help them deliver their two prime objectives: to reduce Britain's high teenage pregnancy rates and to guide teenage parents back into education, employment and training.
Debate Mate. Two grants have been provided to deliver five debating clubs in deprived schools in Greater London, equipping over 125 young people in essential life skills, including academic attainment, progression to higher education and self-esteem.
Fresh Visions People supports and empowers disadvantaged individuals and communities throughout SE England. The grant specifically funded a series of summer activities to engage with young people on the Landsdowne Green estate in Stockwell.
Outside Edge Theatre Company supports young people at risk of or affected by substance misuse. This grant specifically funded a drama based peer support programme to examine the effects of parental substance misuse among young carers of substance misusers.
New Horizon Youth Centre, which provides a range of services for vulnerable and homeless young people, received funding to enable them to keep their centre open over Christmas, providing support to over 70 isolated young people during this emotionally challenging time of year.
Centre of the Cell is a dynamic science education centre which uses science to inspire young people, raise career aspirations and improve academic attainment. With two grants over 600 children deprived areas of East London will be able to participate as a result of this grant.
Streatham Youth and Community Trust was provided with a grant to deliver youth work for young people aged 8-13 to enhance their life experiences, improve social / life skills and provide informal learning opportunities.
Envision supports and educates disadvantaged young people to develop community projects and a grant was given to support 15 young people in Islington tackle local issues.
Apples & Pears Play Association provides free play activities for disadvantaged children in Hackney and a grant enabled them to extend their service from three days to five days per week.