Young Londoners Fund awarded for ‘Constructing Communities’ project

The Trust is delighted to announce a three year project, Constructing Communities, funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund. The project is targeting young people aged 15-21 who are at-risk of exclusion, or who have been involved in criminal activity.

Working with the Trust team, six cohorts of young people will plan and deliver projects for local community organisations. These projects will address a local need in Barking & Dagenham and could range from redecorating a local community centre to building benches for community gardens or parks. Through the project, young people will be introduced to Construction and Built Environment employers, who highlight the skills required to work in the sector, and passing on advice and tips on accessing employment opportunities. The project will culminate in the Trust supporting young people into training and employment opportunities.

Carol Lynch, CEO of Construction Youth Trust said “We are thrilled to have received £150,000 from the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund to help vulnerable young people in Barking & Dagenham. Over the course of the project, the young people will develop soft-skills, build self-esteem and positively interact with their local communities, all whilst learning about the fabulous array of opportunities for employment in the construction and built environment sector.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said “By investing in projects, and young people, that are dedicated to giving young Londoners an opportunity to get involved in positive activities, we can work to help every child and teenager at risk off the streets, and away from the dangers of crime.”