Business Charity Awards: Mid-Term Partnership – the Berkeley Foundation with the Change Foundation for Street Elite

Awarded to an outstanding ongoing partnership between a company and a UK charity that will last between three and 10 years

The partnership mentored young people
The partnership mentored young people

What was the partnership?

The independent charitable foundation the Berkeley Foundation and the grass-roots youth charity the Change Foundation have partnered on delivering the Street Elite coaching and mentoring programme since 2013.

What did it do?

The sports-based Street Elite strategic partnership between the Berkeley Foundation and the Change Foundation has provided coaching and mentoring to young people affected by violence and crime, helping them to re-engage with employment, education or training.

Why did it win?

Since 2013 the partnership has delivered two programmes for young people aged between 14 and 17 and 18 to 24 in the London boroughs where violent crime is most acute. The Street Elite programmes begin with 12 to 14 weeks of sports training, then evolves into community engagement, where the young participants deliver sports sessions in their local communities.

More than 500 young Londoners have participated since 2013, and more than 80 per cent of participants in the intervention programme for 18 to 24-year-olds have successfully moved into employment, education or training. The Berkeley Foundation also provides employability training and work placements for programme graduates, and 20 Street Elite graduates have gone on to secure employment within Berkeley Group businesses and their supply chain companies. The partnership has additionally boosted the fundraising capacity of the Change Foundation.

What did the judges say?

Jessica Hughes, community investment manager at Southern Co-Op, praised a “thoughtful and impactful partnership,” in her comments. “By working so closely together, the change being created for young people is astonishing,” she said.

“I like that the business is seeking to lead the way for other employers to support young people, building capacity for the future. Simply a wonderful partnership and testament to the commitment of both teams.”

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