Gloucester Rugby Foundation has won a £10,000 Movement for Good award from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
The Gloucester Rugby Foundation is one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1 million to good causes this year.
The money will be used to support young people aged 16 – 19 who are out of education, employment or training and facing challenges with their mental health to complete a community learning programme that empowers them with the skills and confidence to progress into a positive destination. Sessions will be designed to improve mental resilience, develop digital skills, and engage in regular physical activity that boosts mindset.
The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 1,000 charities applied for the funding and the winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.
Helen Chu, Head of Foundation said, "We are extremely grateful for the support from Ecclesiastical as this will allow us to reach even more young people who live in an area of high deprivation where youth unemployment and health inequality are higher than the national average."
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: “At Ecclesiastical we believe business should be a force for good. Charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability.
"Through the second phase of our Movement for Good awards we are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. We know that £10,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.
“Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business.”