Published On: 19th March 2024

The Access Foundation helps disadvantaged young people take control of their futures

As reported by the Office for National Statistics, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely than those from higher socio-economic backgrounds to feel in control of their futures. Indeed, one in four young people in the lowest-income households feel like they don’t have much of a chance in life.

To help combat this this limiting mentality prevalent in so many young people, the Foundation has given support through combined grants of £20,923 to two exceptional charities  ‘Fight for Peace International’ and ‘Believe Achieve’. These charities work tirelessly to create opportunities for young people, so that they can increase their self-esteem and help them reach their full potential in life.

Fight for Peace International, situated in the London Borough of Newham, uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development, to help drive positive change and realise the potential of young people in communities that suffer from crime and violence.

The charity combines the technique of combat sports with specialist services, employability programmes and education, to improve the physical and mental health in young people, as well as helping them to develop new skills, raise aspirations and create opportunity.

The Foundation grant supports the homework club at Fight for Peace for young members, aged 7-14 which in addition to the classes, offers access to laptops, healthy snacks, and the support of a qualified Youth Worker. Over time, this will improve children’s focus and confidence in both their schoolwork and their future goals.

Leonas Greicius, Personal Development Manager at Fight for Peace, said:

“I want to show my gratitude and say thanks to The Access Foundation for funding this project. It is crucial that young people have a space where they can learn and develop themselves personally, and through this new project we will be able to support young people not just in their sports and personal development, but also in their academic studies, to help them achieve their goals and create better futures.”

The Foundation also supports Believe Achieve, a charity based in Bolton dedicated to creating positive life opportunities for young people. The charity fosters personal and social development whilst enhancing community wellbeing. Through education, sports and community engagement, Believe Achieve inspires young people to feel empowered.

The grant from the Foundation funds the pro-achiever program which includes training and workshops on IT literacy, employment, financial advice, and accessing local services. This initiative will change more than 400 lives over the course of the year, increasing digital literacy and boosting people’s confidence, economic self-sufficiency, and entrepreneurial talent.

Ultimately, the program will empower individuals with the skills to enhance their digital literacy and, as a result, the ability to become independent members of the community.

Tunde Olasupo, Executive Coordinator of Believe Achieve, commented:

“This grant from The Access Foundation is a game-changer for us at Believe Achieve CIC. It's not just financial support; it's a vote of confidence in our mission to empower and uplift our community.”

“With this grant, we can continue to break down barriers, empower individuals with digital skills, and create a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of people. It's a testament to the belief that positive change is possible when we work together, and we are deeply grateful for this opportunity.”