Youth club to deliver employment advice to ‘as many young people as possible’ in Islington

Members of Mary's Youth Club, in Upper Street, Islington, celebrate the �325,000 grant it has receiv

Members of Mary's Youth Club, in Upper Street, Islington, celebrate the �325,000 grant it has received - Credit: Archant

A charity is hoping to tackle Islington’s youth unemployment problem after winning a £325,000 lottery grant.

The grant has secured the future of Mary’s Youth club, in Upper Street, for three more years.

As well as contributing to general running costs, the cash will be spent on improving members’ employability.

Rebecca Mills, youth development manager, said: “We know from our regular surveys among young people in Islington that their most pressing issue is unemployment - not surprisingly since youth unemployment in Islington is almost double the average for London as a whole.

“That’s why we’ve wanted to be able to offer careers, apprenticeship and work experience advice - along with CV writing and interview techniques - to as many young people in Islington as possible.


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“This award will help us to do just that.”

The grant was issued by the Big Lottery Fund, and as part of its conditions, the club must raise a further £100,000 over the next three years to ensure its long-term future.

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