Nationwide extends funding to Paisley charity to benefit young people in the local area

A local charity that works to support trauma-experienced young people received funding from Nationwide’s Community Grant.

Kibble received over £34K to support young people in Paisley as they navigate their way from children’s residential houses to independent living.

Kibble’s Skills Academy, an education and training center, can help provide young people with the skills and knowledge to embark on independent living, work towards financial independence, and understand health and well-being, while the charity also provides guidance on how to be a positive influence within the community.

A tenancy course is delivered to students of Kibble’s Skills Academy and the Nationwide funding enabled the academy to enroll young people from the wider community as well.

The training provided by Kibble resulted with each participant receiving a nationally recognized qualification, SQA Level 4 Successful Tenancy Award. Young learners from the local area attended St Mirren’s SMiSA stadium to be presented with their certificate.

The funding has helped Kibble achieve their overall objective to help more young people.

Jim Gillespie, Chief Operating Office at Kibble said: “Kibble is designed to support young people from early childhood right through into established adulthood with a view to nurturing independent and self-sufficient adults that actively and positively contribute to society, and this funding support has absolutely helped us on that mission.

“With the Nationwide Community Grant donation, we could offer a very specific course to young people of Kibble and the wider community that taps into key life skills that others might take for granted.

“We never take these skills for granted and are committed to equipping our young people with the knowledge and skills required to leave the care system and live independent, fulfilling lives in the local community.”

The funding complements existing activities happening between St Mirren FC and the SPFL with their Cashback off the Bench program established to support young people further their employability skills, attainment level and physical activity through football.

Cashback off the Bench is designed to help young people facing unemployment, who are leaving school, or who are enrolling in part-time education receive training and guidance on planning for a future and building career goals.

Many taking part in the Cashback employability program at St Mirren also signed up to join Kibble’s offer of gaining a Tenancy qualification. Through the partnership between Kibble and St Mirren, more young people were made aware of the support initiatives they can access to assist them in preparing for a successful future and creating a livelihood for themselves.

Headline image: Nationwide Paisley General Manager, Ronnie Girvan and Kibble Employability Coordinator, Gillian Tod
Photo Credit: Kibble Education & Care Centre

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