Two young charities based in Great Britain have recently received a welcome funding boost. Wicked Weather Watch and Be Enriched have received £29,200 and £30,000, respectively. This is all thanks to a partnership between Postcode Local Trust and The Fore, a funder of early stage charities and social enterprises.
Established in 2015, Postcode Local Trust funds projects that focus on conservation and environmental improvements. The Trust's partnership with The Fore means charities not only receive transformational funding, but will also have access to professional expertise to positively impact on future growth and sustainability. The funding will be delivered to both charities over a two-year period.
Wicked Weather Watch are putting climate change at the top of the education agenda for young people by giving them access to unbiased, non-partisan information to help them understand the links between their actions and the issue.
Arctic adventurers and explorers, who have witnessed first-hand the disastrous effects of climate change, bring the subject to life by delivering events and workshops. As a result, rather than feeling daunted by the magnitude of the issue, children are made to feel empowered that they can have a hand in being part of change.
Based in South London and founded in 2013, Be Enriched is a youth and community-led charity that uses surplus food to deliver a range of programmes that increase employability, reduce social isolation and support vulnerable people living in poverty. One such programme is Happy Holidays, which operates during school holidays to provide food and activities to children in receipt of free school meals in term time. Similarly, the Canteens Project provides a regular meeting space and communal meal for those affected by health, social and economic insecurity. There are also volunteering opportunities for those with additional learning needs or who are recovering from long-term illnesses.
With all food sourced from food surplus redistribution schemes, the charity has a clear environmental benefit. So far this year, 6,364 kg of food obtained from supermarkets, greengrocers and markets has resulted in 3,070 three-course meals being cooked by and for volunteers and service users.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "It's fantastic that two young charities working with a real cross-section of people in society are being supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery through Postcode Local Trust. Both Wicked Weather Watch and Be Enriched are helping create a generation of people who are not only climate aware, but who are also conscious of how their individual actions can have a big impact collectively."
Mary Rose Gunn, Chief Executive of The Fore, said, "We are thrilled to be working with People's Postcode Lottery to provide Wicked Weather Watch and Be Enriched with funding and pro bono support, enabling them to increase their scale, sustainability and impact."