Our tailored approach, and the fact that we ‘stick with’ our young people for as long as it takes, means that our programme is more expensive than others. Rather than providing a ‘conveyor belt’ of training to large numbers of young people or only working with certain sectors – we work with smaller numbers of young people who need more and longer support – but because of the personalised approach we consistently outperform the Scottish national average of positive outcomes – with 80% of the young people who complete the programme, successfully moving into a job, apprenticeship or training.

This year we will bring 295 young people through the programme. To do this will cost £1.3m, and whilst we have secured significant funding for our work from local authorities and the Scottish Government, each year we need to raise over 40% from voluntary contributions, grants, fundraising and gifts in wills. This year that equates to £6,076 every week being gifted by friends and supporters who believe in what we do.

£18 allows a young person to have a 1:1 session with their Project Coordinator to overcome barriers and set goals
£39 pays for training course work and materials for an accredited learning certificate
£64 provides essential PPE for a young person to complete their placement safely and professionally
£959 cover the weekly travel and allowances for one young person to complete the full programme (22 weeks on average)

Every penny counts. Your help will ensure that almost 300 young people can take part in our programme this year – giving them the chance to really make something of themselves – when others may have given up on them.

There’s lots you can do to help. From individual donations to sponsored events; from taking a collection can for your shop or business to getting your company to take WorkingRite on as their charity of the year; from community events to grants from trust & foundations -– the list is endless.

We are a small fundraising team, but please email us if you have any ideas or questions.

Watch a short video, produced with support from I-DoProduction and fronted by Ailie, who completed our programme and successfully secured a job, and agreed to help with this application for funding to Comic Relief.