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Young People Mentoring Grant awarded to WWSET

Sports & Education Trust receive boost.

21 February 2019

Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) are pleased to announce that we have been awarded £59,300 funds from Wycombe District Council to deliver their newly created Young People Mentoring Grant project.

The grant is aimed at engaging with and helping at-risk young people to overcome their particular challenges via the delivery of dedicated one-to-one support alongside group activities. Specifically the grant seeks to engage with those people:

  • Committing low level disorder and anti-social behaviour;
  • Being drawn into low level gang activity;
  • At risk of being recruited into more serious criminal activity;
  • Excluded from school and education or not in employment;
  • Referred to Early Help or Youth Offending Services.

WWSET’s application to Wycombe District Council outlined our plans to deliver a multi-faceted approach to satisfying the project aims, and one which would allow us to engage with the following groups:

  • Those at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools;
  • Those attending Pupil Referral Units or Special Education Needs schools;
  • Young people who’ve offended;
  • Those currently not in employment, education or training.

With delivery of the project scheduled to begin in July 2019 and lasting for 14 months, WWSET are confident that the grant funding will allow us to further our ambition of assisting the local people of High Wycombe to thrive.

As the charitable arm of the town’s professional football club, WWSET seek to play a major role in creating a community that:

  • Is in good health both physically and mentally;
  • Is fully integrated and harmonious socially;
  • Gives supported access to education for all;
  • Promotes the benefits of physical activity plus provides participation opportunities regardless of ability.

In addition to the above WWSET strives to ensure that those individuals most in need of a helping hand are offered one, and given the opportunity to realise their full potential, which aligns perfectly with the Councils aims for the Young People Mentoring Grant outcomes.

On Tuesday 19 February Head of WWSET Paul Foley visited the WDC offices along with representatives from Aylesbury based charity ‘Action4Youth’ who were also awarded funds to deliver the Young People Mentoring Grant.

Whilst there he met with Cllr David Carroll, Cabinet Member for Youth and External Partnerships, and the driving force behind the creation of the grant, to discuss WWSET’s plans.

Following the meeting Paul had this to say:

“Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are extremely grateful to Wycombe District Council for awarding this grant to us. Everything we do revolves around trying to educate, motivate and inspire the people of High Wycombe to allow them to be the very best they can be.

"We know from experience that many young people who are currently struggling often just need a bit of dedicated support in order to overcome their issues and we can’t wait to start engaging with the young people who will be a part of this project, and help them to lead positive, happy and enriched lives in the future”

Cllr Carroll added:

“Our vision and goal is to help young people facing exceptional challenges, and as a result lacking the opportunities, to achieve their goals in life.

“These are great organisations carrying out outstanding work, and together we can build hope and focus on a more positive future for some of our most vulnerable young people.”


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