To mark St Christopher’s 150th anniversary I’ve set myself the challenge of swimming "the channel", well, 35,000 meters. I haven’t been in the pool for over a year, so for me this is going to be a challenge. Just to be clear I’m not really swimming the channel, just the equivalent distance.
What I am also trying to do is raise money to fund a fantastic project to help care experienced young people find and sustain fulfilling jobs and careers. Care leavers can find it hard to find their first job and make it a success.
Being a care leaver isn’t easy and teenagers as young as 16 have to find somewhere to live, keep up with college or work, and look after themselves, often without the support of a family behind them if things go wrong. They are more likely to struggle with poor mental health and low self-esteem, so having all this responsibility can be overwhelming.
Please help to fund the Support into Employment project to give care leavers on the Isle of Man the opportunity to learn workplace skills and find jobs they enjoy and can sustain. The Support into Employment project helps care experienced young people to find their skills, grow their confidence, it teaches them employability skills, helps them to find relevant work experience and supports employers to make these young people's jobs a success.
I’m really grateful for any donation you can make to support this life changing project.