The Trust are really pleased to have secured three new separate pots of funding that we will use to support more vulnerable young people facing disadvantage over the next few months, and in some cases years.

The pandemic has hit every section of society hard, but young people in particular will bear the brunt of the economic and emotional fallout for years to come. Unable to attend school, find work or socialise with friends and with youth unemployment and inactivity levels both worryingly high, funding to support young people is crucial now like never before.

We are grateful to the following funders and partners for providing funding that will allow us to equip nearly 300 young people over the next two years with the positive behaviours and mindset needed to tackle the disadvantage they face due to inequality in their everyday lives. This improves their wellbeing, helps them build healthy relationships and unlocks the confidence, self-esteem and resilience to achieve in education, work and life.

St. James's Place Foundation have awarded us just over £66,000 to deliver our On Track to Achieve programmes to women and girls in six locations across the United Kingdom over the next two years. We will be working with nearly 200 young women over this period of time to help them develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience and also to deliver a social action project that will have a lasting impact on their local communities.

We're excited to have recently received a £50,000 grant from Global Investment Company KKR as part of their KKR Grants Initiative. This funding will allow us to run two Get on Track for Employability programmes in West London this year, supporting 40 young people to learn and develop new skills to help them enter employment.


Additionally, we're really pleased to be working with Sanctuary Supported Living once again to deliver our Get on Track for Wellbeing programme to their residents in Hartlepool, Felixstowe, Weston Super Mare, Brighton and Epsom over the next two years. On top of the standard mentoring programme, the £58,000 funding will allow us to deliver additional sessions to both residents and senior management as well as rolling out our new wellbeing app to the young people on the programmes. This funding follows on from our work with Sanctuary Supported Living back in 2019 where we worked with 38 young people across four locations, seeing significant increases in mental wellbeing and self-efficacy.

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said:

We are really excited to be working with St. James's Place Foundation, KKR and Sanctuary Supported Living.  This generous funding will allow us to support more young people in these difficult times, enabling them to learn key skills and attributes from our athlete mentors in order to build aspiration and confidence. In turn this will help them move into employment, become leaders within their communities, achieve in education and improve their wellbeing through sport and physical activity.

We are immensely grateful to the funders above and for all our funders and partners who are working with us to support vulnerable young people at this time. If you would like to find out more about working with the Trust, please don't hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]