The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded £75,000 to Buttle UK to fund support packages which will help young people who are estranged from family and carers to access education, employment or training.
Across the UK, there are tens of thousands of young people who are estranged from their parents or carers. Often they have been forced out of their homes because relationships have irreversibly broken down. These young people try to live independently but without parental support, they often become homeless.
Although accommodation may be provided by councils or homeless charities, these young people have few resources to help them move forward in life. Getting into education, employment or training is vital to secure their future prospects.
In response to the problem, Buttle UK has developed a larger package of support for young people. The packages will provide funding towards education, employment or training goals, a stable home environment and access to activities that promote emotional and physical wellbeing.
Recipients of Buttle UK grants will be referred by partner organisations already working with estranged young people in financial need. Support workers will work together to help young people establish their goals and identify the barriers they face. Buttle UK caseworkers will then help develop a plan with a service user to create a unique support package, tailored to each individual’s needs.
As most young people who are estranged from their family receive only £57.90 of Income Support each week, Buttle UK grants will supplement their essential living expenses meaning they have the funds to pursue the education, employment or training they need to achieve their goals.
Buttle UK is the country’s largest grant-making charity focusing solely on children and young people, whose needs are not being met through statutory or traditional routes of support. Previous grants from the Freemasons Grand Charity, totalling £160,000, have funded projects which support care leavers in higher education.