The Foundation story
The Group’s charitable trust is “Making Lives Better” for thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Wheatley communities across Scotland.
The Foundation is aiming to help 10,000 disadvantaged or vulnerable people each year to reach their full potential, focusing on five key areas of interest:
The Foundation’s five key areas of interest are:
- POVERTY: tackling social exclusion and taking people out of poverty;
- EMPLOYABILITY: creating job, career, training and apprenticeship opportunities;
- EDUCATION: providing access to Higher and Further Education;
- DIGITAL INCLUSION: increasing and expanding digital and online access and capability;
- SPORTS AND THE ART: helping people, old and young, to lead more vibrant, active lives.
The Foundation’s £3 million plus annual budget is funded by external grants and charitable donations from Wheatley’s partner organisations.
A wide range of programmes, activities and initiatives is underway across the country, ranging from one of Scotland’s largest Modern Apprenticeship programmes to My Great Start, a support and advisory service that has helped 3500 vulnerable tenants to date settle into their new homes and sustain their tenancy. A selection of the other programmes includes:
- My Money: a £4.2 million service, funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund, providing financial advice and support to disadvantaged people in Glasgow through a team of specialist mentors recruited from the third sector;
- Home Comforts: providing tenants in financial difficulty, who are unable to furnish their homes, with free, good-quality recycled white goods and furniture;
- Changing Lives traineeships: an employability scheme for tenants who face barriers getting into work;
- Wheatley Bursaries: offer full-time students up to £1500 a year for two years and £750 a year for part-time students in Wheatley communities;
- Way Ahead: an employability service, funded by the European Social Fund, for the homeless, ex-offenders and people with addictions aged 29 plus;
- Fuel advisors: help tenants manage fuel bills and ensure they are on the best tariffs and receiving all the benefits to which they are entitled;
- The Wheatley Pledge: a long-running initiative part funded by contractors and suppliers that creates jobs and training opportunities for people living in Wheatley communities;
- Click and Connect: 30 centres offering free access to computers and tuition helping tenants get online.