The Sirius Minerals Foundation has announced an additional recipient of its community grant giving programme, The Link Tees Valley, a Community Interest Company which provides support to children, young people and families who are facing challenges in relation to mental health. The money will fund a scheme to provide opportunities for those who have lost skills and confidence whilst looking after family members with mental health issues.
The grant brings the total distributed this year by the Foundation to £260,000. The Foundation is an independent charity funded by Sirius Minerals Plc to create a lasting legacy from the development of the company’s multi-billion-pound polyhalite fertiliser mine being constructed near Whitby and Teesside.
The Link’s 'Time for me' project, which the money will support, aims to empower, up-skill and support local people into education, training and pathways to employment, including community development activities to alleviate the effects of poverty. The project will support long-term unemployed individuals over 1 year, equipping them with job search, CV writing, IT skills and work-based experience needed to help the individual gain employment or explore the options of community cooperatives. The Link will also offer advice, guidance and support, training programmes, certified training and peer mentoring to support these individuals throughout their journey.
“This funding is a marvellous opportunity both for the Link and the residents of Redcar and Cleveland who will benefit from the project,” said Christine Blinkhorn, CEO and Trustee of The Link Tees Valley. “Being out of the work environment for any length of time due to sickness, childcare or other caring responsibilities can make it seem very daunting to return to work. People can lose confidence in their skills or feel left behind with new technology, systems and processes. The project will make a real difference to individuals, their families and the local community."
The award is in addition to the £215,000 handed out to seven charities in February, in a programme of work aimed atenhancing local people’s skills, which is one of the core aims of the Foundation.
“We are delighted to be able to give this money to such a hard working organisation that is undertaking such important work with some of the most vulnerable people in the area,” said David Archer, Chairman of the Sirius Minerals Foundation. “The Foundation has been deliberately designed to put money back into the community and ensure that local people benefit directly from the success of the mine. That includes addressing the barriers that young people face in finding work and helping them get the training and skills they need to go on and achieve their potential. This scheme, and the others that the Foundation has sponsored, will make a real difference to people’s lives on the Teesside and North Yorkshire coast.”
This is part of the second funding round for the Foundation, which previously distributed £300,000 to 75 projects throughout Teesside, East Cleveland, Whitby and Scarborough in December 2017. The Foundation has been given £2m by Sirius while the mine is under construction. Once in operations, the Foundation will be funded by an annual 0.5% cut of its sales, which could be as much as £13 million per annum.
The Sirius Minerals Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Charity number: 1163127