Youth services centre gets a big boost from building society grant

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A Belper youth charity has welcomed the news that it is to receive a significant community support grant from a regional building society.

The Drop Inn is £3,000 better off thanks to a Grant For Good from the Nottingham Building Society.

The Belper-based foundation for youth innovation successfully bid for funds and founder and managing director Andrea Fox recently visited The Nottingham’s Belper branch to pick up the cheque.

Andrea said: “This award means we can guarantee support for young people not in mainstream education—helping them with independent living, basic life skills and accredited education. We are extremely grateful for this.”

Senior customer adviser Lucie Allsopp added: “We are thrilled to be able to support the The Drop Inn, a fantastic initiative that is having an extremely positive impact on the lives of local young people.

“Following the cheque presentation I visited them to see some of the work carried out by Andrea and her team and was hugely impressed.”

As well as handing over the money The Nottingham has committed to supporting The Drop Inn on an ongoing basis and meetings have already taken place to further strengthen the relationship.

Lucie said: We have discussed getting involved with a few things in the future and are very much looking forward to that – being at the heart of the community is very much part of The Nottingham’s ethos.”

The Drop Inn has an experienced and qualified team offer support and signposting on issues faced by young people aged 12 -19, including bullying, substance misuse, CV writing, entry into employment, health and sexual health and relationships.

It also offers skills development through multimedia projects, community outreach work and accredited training courses.

To find out more about its work, visit www.thedropinn.org.

The Nottingham is an award-winning regional building society and estate agency operating across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, with further expansion south well under way.

It is a mutual building society, owned by its members, with a long history of offering financial support to local communities to help them prosper.

Since its inception in 2010, Doing Good Together has raised more than £90,000 for local charities, volunteered more than 1,500 staff hours and given away £480,000 to worthy causes.