Over the years Bairdwatson funds have assisted a huge variety of projects and allowed participants to gain both skills and experience while supporting them to move into employment, education and training.
Below are some examples of the work we have supported.
Bairdwatson Charitable Trust have supported SAVE UK with a grant of £10,000 per year since 2016. This project supports employment training with women and other deprived groups in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India. SAVE is a Scottish charity based in Glasgow and working in the eastern states of India.
In 2023, Bairdwaton Charitable Trust awarded funds to support the work of Right Track in North Lanarkshire. The “Focus Programme” aims to work with 50 young people between
16-24 to offer vocational qualifications and work experience with local employers. Support is tailored to individual personal development goals, with activities including classroom tuition, employer visits, work tasters and work experience in various sectors and areas.
In 2023, Bairdwatson funded Eat Sleep Ride cic, to work with young people in a therapeutic setting using horses to engage them in educational and community activities and support them to move into positive destinations.
Bairdwatson funded Toonspeak’s “PROGRESS” initiative, a programme of regular workshops, classes and events, which provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have an interest in the performing arts, with training and mentorship to develop the skills, qualities and experience to forge careers in theatre and the creative industries.
With 6 different strands it offers creative opportunities for young people from the age of 14 to 21.
In 2022, funds were awarded for a 3 year project based in Coatbridge to Bazooka Arts. Using the creative arts to engage with disadvantage young people they offer a variety of opportunities to become involved and support participants to engage in arts, crafts, therapeutic drama and community activities.