The Somerset Crimebeat Trust has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to help launch the Unlocking Potential programme. This programme will help disadvantaged young people to learn skills that will help them to secure an apprenticeship.
The Unlocking Potential programme includes training in communication, public speaking, team building and CV writing. It will also give people the opportunity to meet potential employers and talk with their apprentices.
Two schools will benefit from the pilot – Hans Price and Broadoak – and will be supported by Yeovil College.
Local Freemasons visit the Somerset Crimebeat Trust
Somerset Freemasons – including the Provincial Grand Master, David Medlock; Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Ben Batley; and Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Martin Slocombe – presented the award at the annual carol service held at All Saints Church in Weston-super-Mare. Former High Sherriff of Somerset, Denis Burn, accepted the award on behalf of The Crimebeat Trust.
Denis thanked local Freemasons for their work: “You are kindly providing space for the young people in your Hall and your membership are using their contacts to support the programme. Helping disadvantaged young people to find a pathway to an apprenticeship is clearly something close to the hearts of a number of your members; your support will make a massive difference to these young people.”
MCF matches local funding
The MCF matched a £5,000 donation by local lodges and the Province of Somerset, for an overall grant of £10,000.