During the lockdown we’ve been working alongside ANTZ Junction and recently secured them £97,089 to continue their mentor scheme to help the most vulnerable members of society to overcome social and physical challenges. The funding was secured from the National Lottery Community Fund's Crisis Fund and was designed to support people and communities affected by COVID-19.
ANTZ Junction is a registered charity in Manchester that believes that every person should have an opportunity to overcome barriers and achieve his/her fullest potential and contribute fully to their community. Since 2013 they have steadily developed a track record of positive outcomes for people seeking employment. They primarily work with NEETs (Not in education, employment or Training), offenders, people with physical and hidden disabilities and mental health issues.
The funding will go towards an online training programme to replace their face to face mentoring scheme and a number of their ongoing programmes. It’ll allow ANTZ Junction to connect with their vulnerable members, many of which are completely cut off from the world, and provide both hardware, software and WIFI connectivity. The resources will also include critical support such as urgent advocacy, housing, food banks, probation support, volunteering and employment guidance.
Antz Junction’s Director and Founder, Jen Pemberton, said “This funding is absolutely vital to our charity and the valuable work for our beneficiaries. Not only will it help us to positively impact the lives of those hardest to reach but will also strengthen our partnerships with local stakeholders. Working with Wil and his team these past twelve months and through the funding we’ve secured our future looks more sustainable and has greater reach than ever before”
If your organisation is struggling during this time or needs to move its services on to a digital platform then contact us and we can provide bespoke advice.