The Island’ Footprint Trust charity has received a £2,500 grant from the Santander Foundation’s Community Plus initiative. The grant will help dozens of unemployed young people gain gardening training so they in turn can help older people, though the popular Adopt-A-Garden scheme.
Ray Harrington-Vail of The Footprint Trust said,
“We have a real shortage of gardeners to ‘adopt’ uncared for gardens. Many young people want to help but lack the skills. The funding from Santander Foundation will mean we can train young people, so they in turn can help others. They will also gain transferable skills and confidence – which will improve their prospects of getting a job.”
“The Isle of Wight has a high level of youth unemployment. The Footprint Trust, and our partner organisations, involves young people in a number of projects.”
“Adopt-A-Garden has matched some 100 people since it started a few years ago – we welcome people from all walks of life to get involved…”
Santander’s Newport branch spokesman said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance. We are delighted to be supporting The Footprint Trust and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”
For more details about the scheme see the website
footprint-trust.co.uk/adoptgarden.html or call 01983 822282.
Don Roe Tel: 01983 822282
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About The Footprint Trust
The Footprint Trust
The Footprint Trust is a local charity on the Isle of Wight that promotes sustainable living through practical community and environmental projects. Its Adopt-A-Garden scheme helps older people get their gardens productive again. It matches younger gardeners – who tend the garden and grow vegetables. A neglected garden is brought back to life. Other projects include Energetic and Monergy, which help people on low income reduce their energy costs, through tailored guidance, free training, and free white goods. The Trust helps over 1,000 Islanders a year and involves hundreds of people in practical projects.
About Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation works closely with charities and voluntary organisations, particularly in areas where Santander has a significant presence. This year the Foundation will donate £4.5 million to charities. Donations can be given to projects that support disadvantaged people through; education and training; and financial capability. £36 million has been contributed to the community since 1990. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk