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Impact update: Vulcan Learning Centre

In January 2021, we supported Vulcan Learning Centre to purchase laptops and other computer equipment to help young people in their community - particularly those affected by school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The charity, based in West Hull and brought to TFN by Two Ridings Community Foundation, uses sport as a vehicle for social change and education. Hull has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country and in 2019 was identified as being 3rd most deprived in a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Throughout the pandemic, Vulcan Learning Centre found that the situation was worsening for their community with many young people missing school or unable to continue employment training. VLC sought to give young people somewhere safe and secure to undertake work, to provide short courses for them and to offer increased mentoring support. But their computer suite was out of date and not fit for purpose. TFN funding enabled to purchase of 16 new computers, plus printers and stationary, to provide a well-equipped, welcoming space for their young people. 

VLC has recently reported: "TFN funding allowed us to make a dramatic difference to the young people of West Hull. It enabled us to fully modernise our computer suite and gave children access to computers with high speed internet, supported by staff members. The numbers using the computers rose dramatically during the project. Over the course of the last year we have had over 150 young people use the suite. They have had help with homework, CVs, university applications and job applications. We have now started running sessions for young children in the computer room, which have proved very popular. It has allowed us to support a wider variety of people than ever before and for that we are extremely grateful.

One of the biggest successes of the project is how it has supported our young people with their education. Many of them do not have access to computers at home and need help with their home work. We have found there has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of children using the computer suite. Michael (one of our young people) explained he was struggling to work at home, because his 'brothers and sisters made it difficult to concentrate'. He told Vulcan mentors he was worried about failing his exams. However, the new computer suite at Vulcan allowed him to complete his work and he was able to get advice and support from staff."

When we asked VLC about their experience pitching at TFN, they said: "The whole process was exciting and staff were really helpful. It gave our whole organisation a massive boost and we felt very blessed to be involved." 

We are excited to be supporting three more charities based in the north-east of England at our Northern Funder on 27th January - register your place here

 

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