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AWE has made a great start in supporting one of its charities of the year – with a donation of £500 to Children 1st West Berkshire which provides a vital stepping stone for those leaving foster care.
The charity, which is also referred to as Cornerstone, after the name of the house where the young adults are based, was picked as the local charity of the year, while the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust was chosen as the national charity to get support.
Cornerstone received the cheque on June 26 and the money will go towards a new cooker for the main house which urgently needs to be replaced. A separate cheque, for £150 was also handed over, from a charity pot the company makes available if key areas of the business can demonstrate a consistent and excellent safety record.
The aim of the home, which can house up to four young adults at a time, is to bridge the gap between officially leaving care and taking the daunting step of achieving independence and self-sufficiency.
The residents are aged between 16-21 years old when they arrive, and the house not only provides a roof over their heads and a safe environment, but also gives them the opportunity to acquire essential life skills including: social skills, learning how to cook and organise their time, and how to budget on a set income.
Julie Barclay Clark, one of the charity’s trustees, said: “In short, it is our ambition to do all that is possible for those in our care, to see that they flourish rather than fail.
“Stability is the foundation for any child's development and yet the experience for many children is one of instability and unpredictable change. Some see as many as 30 social workers or go through nine or ten care placements within a few years."
“As a consequences of all this many of those leaving the care system are uneducated, untrained, unqualified and unable effectively to equip themselves to contribute to their own personal fulfilment."
“We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of AWE’s charities of the year, as all money makes a difference, and as we are a new charity, the potential value of this exposure is tremendous.”
Fiona Rogers, AWE’s Head of Corporate Communications, said: “The difficulty in picking charities to support is that they all have incredible stories which all deserve our help.
“Being here today, it brought home the difference that Cornerstone makes to young adults and the help it gives them at such a critical time in their lives. We’re very happy to be supporting this impressive project in this way.”
Notes to Editors:
1. AWE plc manages and operates the Atomic Weapons Establishment on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, manufacturing and maintaining the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
2. All AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk
3. If you would like further information please contact Julie Barclay Clark on 0118 933 1783 or Fiona Matthews on 0118 933 2430 and via the charity’s website: www.children1stwestberkshire.co.uk
4. The local charity was set up in 2010 by two foster carers from West Berkshire Foster Carers Association for the benefit of children and young adults who are or have been in care in West Berkshire.