Shropshire Youth Support Trust are providing a brighter future for young people in Shropshire with new funding from Nationwide Building Society
Shropshire Youth Support Trust (SYST) has received a grant of £48,000 from Nationwide Building Society as part of
their Community Grants programme, which brings their members and colleagues together to help tackle the housing
The funding will enable Shropshire Youth Support Trust to fund a Full-time Project Co-ordinator and Full-time Youth
Development Lead, which will help young NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to find good quality and
fulfilling employment. Young people who are NEET are especially at risk of experiencing homelessness. Many of the
young people we support experience numerous barriers to employment and without consistent employment, young
people are at risk of becoming homeless. In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin data shows that there are 92 young people
aged 18-24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We empower these young people control over their
circumstances through employment and self-employment skills.
Richard Nuttall, Chief Executive at Shropshire Youth Support Trust said: “Grants and funding from businesses and
individuals enables us to provide greater levels of support for more young people in Shropshire. This fantastic support
from Nationwide Building Society, which we are incredibly grateful for, enables us to fund two members of our team at
SYST who are providing valuable support for young people in shropshire.”
Britain’s biggest building society has run its Community Grants programme since 2017 – offering grants of up to
£50,000 to local charities and projects, particularly those focussed on housing. This year, it’s awarded a total of £4.3
million to 96 housing related projects across the UK.
Craig Taylor, Senior Social Investment Manager at Nationwide Building Society, said: “Helping local communities and
charities is at the heart of what it means to be a building society for Nationwide. We are pleased our Community
Grants programme is going to make a difference through this £48,000 grant to Shropshire Youth Support Trust, helping
them make a difference to the lives of those who rely on their services.”
Over the last five years, Nationwide Building Society has awarded £22 million to housing charities up and down the UK.
That means almost 118,500 people are now living safer, happier lives. From April 2023, Nationwide will be offering
new grant applicants up to £60,000 to support those in housing need.
Pictured, Richard Nuttall and Luis Morgan from SYST receiving the cheque from Nationwide Building Society