Vanquis supports a number of Young Kent’s initiatives such as its “How To Save A Life” programme. This programme provides approximately 40 unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with first aid and emergency lifesaving skills through a partnership with the British Red Cross. The programme increases confidence, skills and qualifications whilst also providing valuable work experience. A key element of the programme is that participants are trained to become first aid peer educators to further cascade the programme content. Once qualified, peer educators practise their new skills during work experience and deliver first aid training to other young people across Kent.
Vanquis also supports Young Kent’s Job Club which provides support for unemployed young people from across the county. Job Club sessions provide one-to-one support on subjects such as CV writing, interview skills, job searching and completing job applications. Vanquis’ support has also allowed Young Kent to purchase the IT equipment necessary to run the club.
“Support from Vanquis Bank gave us the opportunity to diversify, increase our attractiveness to other funders, and introduce more programme to provide direct support for young people across Kent and Medway„ - Carol Bentall, Chief Executive, Young Kent.