The Company announced the launch of a Tylers and Bricklayers Charity of the Year as part of the 450th Charter Anniversary celebrations.
Over the summer months the Trustees review a number of suggestions from Liverymen nominating small charities and put together three charities for consideration by Liverymen.
Liverymen attending Common Hall in February are asked to vote on their choice of charity. The selected charity is announced on the evening and goes forward to become the Tylers and Bricklayers Charity of the Year launching on Installation Day in October.
During the year the Company will arrange a number of fundraising events and hopes to make a substantial donation to the Charity at the end of the Livery year.
St Edmunds Society is our Charity of the Year
St Edmunds Society was established in 1965, originally as an accommodation project for the young homeless. In 2004 started to consider how preventative work for the less able could act as a means of providing opportunities that had passed them by. We opened our vocational learning hub in 2012, providing an alternative learning environment for young people with few or no qualifications. We support those who have experienced problems in life and the traditional education system.
We provide young people with opportunities in Construction, Transport Maintenance, Catering & Hospitality and Hair & Beauty. We also offer functional skills and GCSE’s in English and Maths for those capable of achieving them, supported by suitably qualified teachers and instructors.
At St-Eds, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of training courses for students at both pre-16 and post-16. We never give up on anybody and this has become our mantra. Whether you are a young person looking for training, a parent/carer or guardian, a referral agency or an IAG professional looking to place students, we look forward to welcoming you to St Edmunds Society.
The Charity of the Year for 2019 to 2020 was Youth Build UK
Youthbuild UK promotes engagement with young people to combat social exclusion, through the development of construction based support services, and celebrating young people’s success.
The Charity of the Year for 2018 to 2019 was Red Balloon
Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. They provide an academic and therapeutic programme to enable their students to get back on track and reconnect with society.
The Charity of the Year for 2017 to 2018 was The Clink Charity
The sole aim of The Clink Charity is to reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders by training prisoners and placing graduates into employment in the hospitality and horticulture industries upon release.
Since launching in 2009 at HMP High Down Prison, Surrey, the charity has achieved excellent results from four training restaurants, two horticulture schemes and one event caterer. In 2015 they trained 188 prisoners and released 61 into employment. The rest continue with their training.
The restaurants offer a dining experience staffed by prisoners working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service. Clink Events cater for events for up to 1000 people. The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, Surrey gives female prisoners the opportunity to gain practical experience and nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in horticulture.