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 2019 Bairdwaton Charitable Trust awarded funds to support the work of Right Track in North Lanarkshire.
The “Accelerate” project actively seeks out young people between the ages of 15-18 who are invisible in their local communities, often not involved with statutory services, and are facing particular disadvantages ie exposure to alcohol & drug abuse, family joblessness, areas of high deprivation etc. 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.
Bairdwatson in partnership with Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd are supporting three disadvantaged young people in their modern apprenticeship training. With a bursary of £2,000 per annum (2019-2021) to support costs, these young workers are able to afford all the necessary equipment and clothing to help them make a success of their apprenticeship.
In 2017 Girvan Youth Trust were awarded 3 years funding to develop a new innovative project “Project Search”. This project works with young people with disabilities in the South Ayrshire area.
In 2016, Bairdwatson Charitable Trust awarded 3 years of funds to support the work of OPFS in North Lanarkshire.
One participant spoke highly of the project saying ‘I didn’t know anyone my age who had children, all my friends were still hanging about the streets, going clubbing and still living at home. I couldn’t spend time with my old friends and the notion of spending some time with a baby soon wore off them. I was alone with my baby. Meeting parents my age who were starting college or going to work really had an impact on me, I just kept thinking to myself, well, if she can do it, I can. Being around and learning with parents who were in the same situation as me really helped me to think about what I wanted not just for my own future but what I wanted for my kid’s future’.