Bringing people together

A £300 YouCan grant can be used for any number of things as these examples from the recent batch of successful application proves. Take a look at some of the ideas that have received funding over the last few months, maybe you’ll be inspired too.   Child’s play Vanessa Simpson from Perton in Wolverhampton has always dreamed of working with children and as a single mum she noticed a distinct lack of affordable and accessible childcare in her area. Ready to go back to work, Vanessa had been working with Jordan (a skills coach from Bromford) to identify the kind of job she could apply for when she came up with the idea of training to become a childminder.  Once she started looking into it properly it became obvious that she was going to struggle to pay for the registration fee and various training courses she needed to go on. The costs for everything that she needed were: Local Authority approved childminding course - £225 Child and early years first aid course - £80 Safeguarding training - £80 DBS Check - £52 Mental and Physical health check£90 Ofsted registration - £35. That’s when Jordan suggested that Vanessa could apply for a YouCan grant of up to £300 to help with the costs. With the total amount needed coming to £562 Vanessa started saving part of her income support to make she had enough to cover the remaining costs to make up the shortfall. Vanessa was awarded £300 towards making her dream of becoming a childminder come true – this will not only help her, but will benefit the whole community as she’ll be providing a much needed service for parents and children in the local [...]