Awards all round at Fairbridge
11/04/2009

The Greater Manchester centres of national young people’s charity, Fairbridge, have recently completed the first stage of a three-part regional support plan initiated by recruitment firm, NES.

Online PR News – 04-November-2009 – – “Fairbridge is a unique charity which works with young people from deprived areas to develop the self-confidence and skills they need to re-enter training, education or employment”, says Neil Tregarthen, CEO at NES. It is for this reason that I suggested organising and sponsoring the charity’s first awards night; recognising the efforts, dedication and selflessness of outstanding Fairbridge team members.

The Greater Manchester centres of national young people’s charity, Fairbridge, have recently completed the first stage of a three-part regional support plan initiated by recruitment firm, NES. The internal event incorporated awards – one for the Salford and Bury centres - which were presented for a range of categories such as “going the extra mile; best ‘out of the box’ thinker; best outreach & development worker; turning a frown upside down; etc. Votes from staff and young people involved with the charity determined the winners, which were announced at an awards dinner at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.

Neil Tregarthen, NES chief executive and personal Fairbridge supporter, summarises the charity’s value succinctly: “If the cost of giving a young person hope for the future is £3,500 and the cost of sending that person to prison when their criminal activity eventually leads to a custodial sentence amounts to £100,000 a year, then, to me, there’s no question about where we should spend the money.”

“It’s easy for us to dismiss the issues that these young people face as ‘nothing to do with us’ but if we end up paying for them to serve a prison sentence, than they most certainly are to do with us,” Neil continues, “…and I feel a moral obligation to help ensure that, if an individual walks into that centre asking for help with turning their life around, the funding is there to ensure that they’ll get all the support they need.”

“These awards took place as a result of our recommendation that the staff at Fairbridge were recognised in some way – they’d never have invested their own funds, which are rightly, only ever spent on the young people they support. While I can appreciate this selfless, generous attitude, we were keen to point out that what the Fairbridge staff see as part of their everyday working life, to the outside world, their work is exceptional,” Neil concludes.

The second phase of NES’s three-stage plan involves offering young people the chance to travel to some of the more challenging NES office locations – such as Angola, Nigeria or China, where they’ll be shown the real-world difficulties faced by those living in other challenging areas of the world, thus allowing them to contextualise their own challenges at home.

The final stage will hopefully see a notable cash contribution to Fairbridge’s Greater Manchester cause, via NES staff volunteering a percentage of their equity return, on the eventual exit of majority shareholders, Graphite Capital from the business.