Dame Kelly Holmes Trust utilises the unique skills and experiences of world-class athletes to transform the lives of young people through a range of mentoring programmes. These projects give young people the chance to volunteer within their local communities, access employment and training opportunities, and participate in sport and healthy lifestyles.
Over the past two years, players have raised an amazing £800,000 for Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. This support from players has been transformational. In 2016, the Trust will extend its work into Wales for the first time. Women's rugby champion Philippa Tuttiett and former professional footballer Christian Roberts will lead the first ever Welsh Get on Track programme, starting in Bridgend next week.
In 2015, a £200,000 funding award from players enabled the Trust to launch the Get on Track programme in Scotland. The support has had remarkable benefits, with 93% of young people who took part in the first Get on Track in Scotland progressing into education, employment or training following the programme.
One previously unemployed young person, Scott, 20 from Edinburgh, said, "I've enjoyed everything about this programme. I've met so many great people and built my confidence. Before, I wouldn't have been able to talk in front of lots of people, but the volunteering part of the programme, working in the community, has made my confidence grow."
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust recently received an Extra Award of £200,000 from People's Postcode Lottery players to expand its work into areas of rural deprivation in England, Scotland and Wales. The Extra Award will support over 240 disengaged young people to complete mentoring and personal development sessions in rural and remote areas. This is the first time Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will work in rural areas, and through this award, players are helping to ensure that the life chances of young people aren't determined by their postcode.
Emma Atkins, Chief Executive Officer of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said, "We can't thank players enough for their continued support of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In 2016, with the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, we can do more for young people, and we can do more for others who are disadvantaged in the communities we work in."