From 1 October, Barclays’ annual volunteering campaign – Make a Difference – kicks off as employees support our 5 Million Young Futures commitment.
During October, thousands of employees around the world will volunteer with young people to develop vital enterprise, employability and financial skills to help them achieve their ambitions. As part of our annual Make a Difference campaign, employees are helping to bring us one step closer to reaching our 5 Million Young Futures commitment.
Helder, an enthusiastic volunteer at Barclays, volunteered his time to mentor two young university students as part of the UCAN programme. Through the programme, young people who would normally be unable to pay for university are given scholarships to attend. But that’s not all he did, he also ran money and life skills sessions for young people at a local prison.
Ritika has been an active supporter of Make a Difference and in 2013 she ran a workshop for young people to inspire a deeper interest in education – ultimately, supporting beneficiaries with their employment prospects.
Prudence is an active Barclays’ volunteer in Johannesburg. During last year’s Make a Difference campaign, she and her colleagues worked with local school students to teach them vital knowledge and skills to help improve their long-term employment prospects. The team ran fun, interactive activities aligned to the school’s curriculum to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills, and spent time mentoring the young people about life after school.
In 2013, Leanne participated and helped coordinate an entrepreneurship programme with the Stubbs Elementary and East Side Charter School. Along with other colleagues in Barclaycard, she taught students the fundamental steps needed to start a business – including how to market and pitch a product. At the end of the programme, Barclaycard hosted a ‘Market Day’ where the students sold their products.
Jeff plays a strong role in encouraging his colleagues to get involved in 5 Million Young Futures volunteering activities – especially during last year’s Make a Difference. Leading colleagues in his area, they arranged LifeSkills training at a local branch for school children. But his efforts didn’t stop there. The team ran further sessions with young offenders at a local prison, youth groups, local schools and further education colleges.