Young Women's Trust is the only registered UK charity focused solely on supporting disadvantaged young women aged 16-30 who are facing poverty, discrimination and marginalisation. Current services fail to recognise the many issues vulnerable young women face such as isolation, low self-esteem, workplace inequality and limited support networks. This is especially relevant for young mothers.
We have a clear strategy that addresses these issues in three complementary ways:
- Direct services to help individuals overcome their personal barriers to work via flexible, professional coaching, feedback on CV’s and small grants
- Empowering and amplifying the voices of young women to create positive change in society
- Running national campaigns as a leading voice for change in policy, practice and public attitudes
The Young Women’s Trust has reached the stage where it is ready to expand and extend its activities to meet the demand and make a difference to thousands more vulnerable young women every year. This expansion is based on a proven, low cost support structure. It is crucial to act now to get young women into secure employment rather than facing a lifetime of poverty and dependence on benefits. The unique research and advocacy work of the Young Women's Trust can deliver systemic changes to transform opportunities to help young women into sustainable work.
In 2017-18 the Young Women’s Trust has expected income of £1.2 million from diverse and sustainable income streams, mostly from private sector sources.
The Young Women's Trust has 20 employees and a large number of volunteers. Our headquarters are in London.
How a corporate partner can help
- raising much-needed funds through company-organised events and activities
- taking part in Young Women’s Trust events
- members of staff undertaking challenge events for us
- connect successful women staff members to the newly-launched Futures Fund which allows members to donate directly to the charities services, to meet with the young women and be inspired by their stories
- using skills and knowledge of staff to shape strategy in improving workplace inequalities
- raising awareness of our work, including helping grow our networks
- working in partnership with us to find ways the corporate sector can be more inclusive to young women
Direct skills support:
- Pro bono expertise to help us to strengthen our business model
- Mutual job-shadowing opportunities
- HR staff can volunteer can volunteer to assist with the CV feedback service
The benefits of partnership
- Helps struggling young women and gives them a chance to get a foot on the ladder
- Offers lots of opportunities for team building events and activities
- Builds on a portfolio of social responsibility
- Raises public profile for both organisations
- Opportunity for companies whose customers include young women to understand more about them
- Offers opportunities for mutual learning about differing methods and models
- Adds tangible social value