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
Baca has been award a grant through the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund and delivered by Big Lottery Fund. It will support us to build and develop capacity, thus allowing us to expand the work we do and impact more vulnerable young people. The funding will enable us to recruit additional staff to help build our capacity, as well as covering training and development of new and current staff. We will also use the funding in the development of impact indicators and reporting mechanisms.
Development and capacity building
Linked with funding from the Leicestershire County Council, SHIRE Community Grant, Baca has received funding from players of The People’s Postcode Lottery through The People’s Postcode Trust. The funding is to develop a new model of working for our ESOL lesson’s linking closely with a local college. The grant enables Baca to meet the increasing demand for its services, which will ensure that the 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 Peter Harrison Foundation 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.
Baca has received funding from a local Foundation to contribute towards the cost of running the ESOL lessons. The funding helps support the increasing demand for this project, which are so vital in ensuring the young people are gaining the language skills they need to support their integration into the local community.
Baca has received funding from a local Trust to contribute towards the core costs of providing our service. This funding supports the growth of the organisation, which allows Baca to meet the increasing demand for our services.
We have received funding from CHK Charities Limited to contribute towards the cost of running our therapeutic support sessions. The funding will enable our arts worker to run a number of 1:1 sessions 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. In addition we will be able to run a number of group arts workshops and trips where our young people can learn about and practice different creative projects.
Baca have been funded by The New Beginnings Programme to provide four day trips for our young people. Some trips will have an educational value, others will be about having fun. We will recruit local volunteers as helpers on the trips, to work alongside the young people’s support workers.
Funding from Loughborough University will enable Baca to take a group of young people we support on a day trip hill walking in the Peak District. Outdoor activity has many benefits to both the physical and mental wellbeing of the young people we support, it also allows them to get out of Loughborough and have some fun in a new environment.
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.
Linked with funding from the People’s Postcode Trust, Baca have been awarded a SHIRE Community Grant 2016-17 by Leicestershire County Council, to develop a new model of working for our ESOL lesson’s linking closely with a local college. The grant enables Baca to meet the increasing demand for its services, which will ensure that the young people continue to gain the language skills they need to support their integration into the local community.
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.
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.