TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be joined by senior executives from Deutsche Bank in London for a visit to some of the charitable organisations selected and supported by the Trust, via Deutsche Bank funding.
Founded in June 1999 and initially funded by the photographic and media royalties generated by the royal wedding, the Wessex Youth Trust was set up to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities for children and young people. In that time it has distributed some £1.3 million to over 154 charities, both in the UK and internationally.
The trust’s partnership with Deutsche Bank, which began in 2004 arose from a number of shared objectives – namely to enable disadvantaged young people to access more opportunities and therefore achieve their full potential.
In this time, the Wessex Youth Trust and Deutsche Bank have worked together to identify a number of small, grassroots projects across the Greater London area. Over 22 charities to date have benefited from this partnership with an investment of £200,000 in 32 small grants.
Today sees Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) The Earl and Countess of Wessex and senior executives from Deutsche Bank visiting some of these organisations:
-New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross – a day centre providing a range of services for up to 2,500 vulnerable and homeless young people a year. The WYT/ DB grant will enable them to maintain this service over the Christmas period.
-Circus Space in Hoxton – a centre of excellence for circus skills. A WYT/DB grant helped fund summer schools for inner-city young people aged 11-18.
-Centre of the Cell – based in Whitechapel, is a dynamic education centre which uses science to inspire young people, raise career aspirations and improve academic attainment. 300 children from East London have participated in numerous projects as a result of a WYT/DB grant.
-Debate Mate for students in Southwark and Lambeth – two grants have been made to Debate Mate which have facilitated five debating clubs in schools across deprived areas of Greater London. Some 125 young people have participated and enjoyed learning new life skills and improving their communication and self-esteem.
Commenting on today’s tour, Kate Cavelle, Director of Corporate Citizenship UK at Deutsche Bank, said:
“Our partnership with the Wessex Youth Trust has enabled us to support a number of grassroots community organisations that otherwise might fall below the radar. This tour is an excellent opportunity for colleagues to see the impact Deutsche Bank funding is having in our local communities.”
Mark Foster-Brown, Chairman of The Wessex Youth Trust added:
“Tours such as the one today bring to life the work that The Wessex Youth Trust has achieved over the years. We are delighted to be supported in this work by Deutsche Bank. Together we are positively affecting the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged, young people across London.”