Wiltshire Mason's Employment Support For Our Young People

Wiltshire Mason's employment support for our young people

Over 60 young people in Wiltshire will receive help to access training and employment thanks to a new grant of £43,824 which will cover 3 years by Wiltshire Freemasons.

Specialist training and support will be provided by a Young People’s Employability Coach at Alabaré, who have been supporting disadvantaged and homeless adults and young people in the region for 30 years.

For many vulnerable young people, who have sometimes been through the local authority care system, having no job can be a major barrier to securing their own home and a future.  With unemployment rates rising to their highest rates in over a decade as the impact of COVID-19 continues to hit the jobs market, young people have been disproportionately affected with many losing positions in the retail and hospitality industries. Helping young people get back into employment or training is a key focus for us at Alabaré.

We are currently supporting 75 people aged 16-25 in their homes. Their teams focus on helping residents to overcome the previous difficulties they have had, including breakdown of family relationships, exclusion from education, mental or physical ill health, debt and addiction to alcohol or drugs. For almost all young residents, getting into employment or gaining qualifications is essential to moving forward with their lives.

The grant from Wiltshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Rob Gibson, our Training Development Manager at Alabaré said;

“We’re very grateful to Wiltshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to support young people who need somewhere to live and help to find a job.  The new Employability Coach will be helping them find the confidence to present their existing skills and experience to the best effect, and help them access training and qualifications to gain the jobs they so ardently want.”

Philip Bullock the head of Wiltshire Freemasons, said:

“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Alabaré with their hugely important work supporting local young people into the world of work. They help young people in living up to their potential rather than existing on benefits. What Alabaré does is literally life-changing.”


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