Partnering with different funders has allowed Baca to provide the additional support we believe is fundamental in giving the young people we work with the best opportunities to gain the skills and confidence they need to build a better future.
The money we have received from funders has allowed us to develop additional workshops, extend our English support, research and develop our skill and knowledge in working with victims of trafficking, take young people on trips that allow them to be children again as well as many other activities. Core funding has allowed Baca to build a strong foundational organisation that thrives on excellence in practice and invests in an amazing staff team. This all adds value to our work and enables us to invest positively in the futures of these incredible young people.
Below are some of our current funders, all of whom we are incredibly grateful for.
The Henry Smith Charity prioritises work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage. Baca has been awarded a grant which will contribute towards our running costs which are not covered by other restricted funding. This funding will allow Baca to expand to cover the growing demand for our work, enabling the charity to change more young people’s lives for the better.
Funding from Children in Need has enabled Baca to set up a new volunteer and mentoring project. This will enable Baca to increase the number of volunteers working with our young people. Activities where volunteer support could be used include the daily ESOL sessions, sports workshops, helping with college homework, and life skills workshops. We have also setting up a mentoring project to match individual young people with a mentor who is separate from Baca, and can meet up with them on a regular basis to practice their English, develop a trusting relationship and explore shared interests.
Volunteering & Mentoring
We have received funding from the Evan Cornish Foundation to contribute towards the cost of delivering our ESOL lesson’s as part of a new partnership with Regent College. This will ensure that our young people continue to gain the language skills they need to support their integration into the local community.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation have provided two years core funding to enable continued development of ongoing work and lead organisational growth. This includes the expansion of the Charity to meet the growing demand. In addition the funding enables Baca to continue to develop the systems for monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate the quality of our work more clearly and facilitate improvements.
Theory of Change & Strengthening Governance
THE MSE Charity have funded our budgeting workshops. The aim of the workshops is to work with the young people in an accessible way to explore both the practical side of budgeting, and the psychological issues involved. For this project we are working in partnership with PACE, a local debt advice Charity. Together we will develop a tailor made training program, and then PACE will deliver the workshops. Together we will also design and produce a course booklet which can be used for a wider UK audience.
Funding from the Florence Turner Trust will enable Baca to provide cooking workshops for the young people. The workshops are aimed at the young people who have moved on to the semi-independent houses. We have already taught them the basic skills, but these sessions will allow them to try new recipes. This is another step in preparing the young people to live independently.
Funding from Happy Days has enabled us to take the young people on a number of trips including the opportunity to visit the sights and sounds of London as well as a trip to Wales where they enjoyed the time in the mountains, playing by the sea and undertaking some outdoor pursuit activities. Trips like these help us build closer, trusting relationships with the young people and gives them opportunities to process different worries and fears in a place away from the formal setting of the office or solicitors appointments. It also allows them to be children again and just enjoy themselves.
Working in partnership with Loughborough Youth Development Project (LYDP), SHIRE Community Grants have provided the funding needed to deliver bike maintenance workshops for our young people. LYDP are delivering the sessions, and will also provide a bike that the young people will be able to keep after their final session. The sessions aim to not only improve the young peoples physical wellbeing, but by meeting new people in the community, and developing new skills we hope it will also have a positive impact on their mental wellbeing.
Funding from The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust has contributed towards the cost of taking the young people to an outward bound centre in Wales. The young people enjoyed canoeing and climbing and for some of them it was their first holiday. The trip gave the young people the chance to get away for a few days, to push themselves, but to also have fun.
We have received two years funding from the PCC Prevention Fund to contribute towards the running costs of our head office. This space is vital as it’s where we deliver our education programme, our art therapy and most of our workshops, as well as providing office space for all our staff to work in.
The Loughborough University Open Fund have provided the funding needed to deliver a community arts project for our young people. This will not only enable our young people to develop their creative skills, but it will also give them the chance to meet new people in the community.
Funding from the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Donor Matching Scheme has contributed towards the cost of taking the young people to an outward bound centre in Wales. The trip provided an opportunity for the young people and their support workers to build stronger relationships, and also to have fun together. The young people face many challenges, so it’s important that we give them some time to enjoy themselves.
Funding from the Balcombe Trust will contribute towards the cost of delivering our ESOL lessons. We recently started a formal partnership with Regent College, Leicester which allows us for the first time to offer formal qualifications to our young people. This grant ensures that the young people continue to gain the language skills they need to support their integration into the local community.
We have received funding from The Swan Mountain Trust to contribute towards the cost of running our therapeutic support sessions. The funding will enable our arts worker to run weekly workshops with newly arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The sessions allow the young people time and space to start processing what they have been through in a safe environment and in a way that is not constrained by language skills or culture.
Our ESOL project has been supported by players of The National Lottery through an Awards For All grant. The funding will help us to deliver English and Maths classes in-house, and to support our young people who are now at college.
Funding from The Boost Charitable Trust has enabled Baca to continue to run sports workshops for the young people. This work is on-going, and as it is a non-statutory activity it needs to be fully funded by grants. We see the huge benefits it brings to the young people and it complements the general support work we undertake with them. This fund will help us run sessions that include football, cricket, badminton, ice skating and indoor climbing.
Funding from The Swire Charitable Trust will contribute towards the cost of delivering our ESOL lessons. This grant ensures that the young people continue to gain the language skills they need to support their integration into the local community.