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Young people bearing the brunt of the pandemic boosted by £100,000 from business

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 09 November 2020 7:00

Already reaching out for support, young people who make use of a specialist Gloucestershire charity will know that help is on even surer footing thanks to a generous donation. 

Young Gloucestershire supports 11 to 25 yearolds facing complex challenges in their lives and provides disadvantaged young people with skills, training and opportunities to help them find employment or to return to education. 

Since the pandemic took hold the demand on its services has soared with an increase in people approaching for help after either losing work, struggling with their mental health or unsure of what their next steps should be or trying to manage financial risk. 

Extra help has materialised in the form of £100,000 from Barclaysas part of its 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme.


Tracy Clark, CEO of Young Gloucestershire, said:“The CV19 crisis has meant that YG has been challenged daily to think outside of the box and identify new ways of working to meet the increased needs of young people in our County. 


We have had to develop new services overnight and now that lockdown has eased a little, we’ve had to then adapt crisis services into long term services. 


With young people already disproportionally affected by unemployment because of CV19, it does not feel like there is going to be any let up anytime soon and this vital donation from Barclays will mean that YG can provide services that help young people from across Gloucestershire to cope and manage their ongoing crises and to start to mend and recover.”


The bank's programme, which forms part of its wider COVID-19 Community Aid Package, focuses on supporting UK charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in their communities.    

Nigel Higgins, Barclays chairman, said:“COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. 

Incredible charities, such as Young Gloucestershire have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. 

As a bank we have been doing all we canfor our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Young Gloucestershire and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.” 

First published on November 5