We are keen to work with individuals and organisations who would like to support us in our mission to provide all young people, irrespective of their backgrounds, with enriching experiences that, alongside their academic learning, equip and enable them to raise their aspirations, improve their academic outcomes and create the rewarding and productive lives they choose – in further education, employment or self-employment in commercial, public or social enterprises.

In these challenging times we find ourselves in, your support is more valuable than ever.

In response to the current Covid-19 environment, we are identifying and addressing the immediate needs of the young people we support as school closures continue, and the extra services needed to re-settle them back into school life.  We are currently focussed on three key response areas: ensuring equal access to digital distance learning, the mental health and wellbeing of students and teachers, and local community food poverty. More information can be found in our latest update here.

To deliver support in these additional areas, while still delivering our core programmes to support young people to raise their aspirations, develop life and employability skills and have a better life chances, we need to raise more funds.

We are currently seeking support in the following ways:

  • Give Time or Resources

With currently no work-experience, internships and restricted career advice we are looking for volunteers to help inspire and inform our young people about the world of work and their potential place in it. We are also in need of further IT equipment and internet dongles to ensure all our young people have equal access to distance learning. Any help in these areas is highly valuable and hugely appreciated:

A ‘Day in the Life’ Profile  

Inspire young people, help influence their future careers and make their mark on the world, by creating a Day In The Life profile, where you’ll answer up to 8 questions to provide insight and advice in to your area of work.

Step 1: Answer the below questions, to camera*

  1. Please tell us a little about you – name / job title / a summary of your position.
  2. How did you get the job? (your background, previous roles, education etc.)
  3. What does a typical day look like for you?
  4. What is the most memorable moment of your career?
  5. What is the worst part of your job…
  6. What is the best part of your job…
  7. What are the key skills / attributes needed in your role?
  8. What advice would you give to someone looking to go in to a similar role? Is there something that students can do right now to help them to develop skills, or gain experience, that would help them if they were looking to get to where you are today? i.e. start building a portfolio, listening to relevant podcast, researching a topic, online training etc.)

Step 2: send your video/s to Georgie Butler via Whatsapp on 07772431527 or via email georgina.butler@aldridgefoundation.com along with a photo of yourself and any notes you may have jotted down when thinking about your answers, so that we can also create a written profile for any students who may have hearing difficulties. 

Step 3: Invite 5 friends or colleagues to participate

              *Tips for Recording

  1. Recording on an iPhone should work quite well. If the phone is placed in a fixed position somewhere, rather than someone holding it, it will avoid any movement whilst recording.
  2. Film portrait.
  3. Avoid back lighting.
  4. Keep your video to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  5. Please remember to that your video is being produced for a young audience (14-18 years old) and language should be appropriate. 
  6. If easier, record your answer to each question separately and send the individual videos to Georgie who will put them all together to create the final video. 

By submitting a video, you are giving the Aldridge Foundation permission to publish the video on their website and other social media platforms however you can request that your video is removed at any time by emailing georgina.butler@aldridgefoundation.com 

IT Equipment

While the Government’s recent funding of equipment for Yr10 and some vulnerable students is welcome, it is not sufficient for schools with the high levels of disadvantage that we have. Our aim is to ensure that the most vulnerable do not fall further behind in their education and remain in a position to engage in distance learning and to achieve their potential. 

We are seeking gifts: laptops/tablets and dongles/mini portable web hubs or other solutions for distance schooling for homes with no equipment or internet connectivity. We would ensure the appropriate use and distribution of aid to those students most in need, across the school communities we support. 

  • Make A Donation

To make a donation to the Aldridge Foundation please click here.

All donations go to the development and delivery of our Inspire, Skill and Mobilise programmes, our Leaving No One Behind Fund, grants and initiatives to support the most vulnerable young people who are at risk of disengaging from education and our current Covid-19 response initiatives.