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[p]In just under three weeks’ time I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April raising money in support of Outward Bound Trust (OBT) and Vauxhall City Farm.[/p][p]The Berkeley Foundation has worked with OBT since 2014 supporting the amazing work they do toward the Work Readiness Programme. OBT encourages young people to realise their confidence and strengths and develop attitudes and skills for a brighter career. St James has been involved in the partnership with OBT since its conception and has collectively helped hundreds of young people improve their skills, confidence and readiness by working outdoors to secure meaningful employment through working with schools local to our major projects at White City, Nine Elms and Albert Embankment.[/p][p]For example, together with Lilian Baylis School in Kennington, St James has helped to deliver training sessions with young people, which included a variety of career sessions, site visits and guidance to benefit from work experience placements. Overall, an average of 81% of students agreed that the sessions had helped them gain a better understanding and a clearer idea of the skills, qualities and behaviours required in the workplace. All which had impacted their attitudes to their studies and progressed their future career plans. The OBT has a hugely positive impact on its students and working in partnership with St James, students have been able to build a resilience by taking part in the challenging physical tasks.[/p][p] [i]“The OBT Work Readiness Programme has supported our students who come from deprived backgrounds, identify and acquire the skills they needed to secure the Apprenticeship or College place they needed to progress from school. In most cases the students who took part had struggled to find the support and motivation they needed to do this before they took part in the OBT Work Readiness Programme. The unique blend of a residential with follow up career mentoring and workshops literally transformed the life chances of those who took place by helping them progress rather than become ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training).” [/i]Gary Phillips, Head Teacher, Lilian Baylis[/p][p] [/p][p]Established in 1977, Vauxhall City Farm provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about nature, biodiversity and animal care in a hands on urban environment. Its’ work has been carefully and considerately designed to boost the confidence and aspirations of young and disadvantaged people in London. Over the last four decades, the farm has helped over 400,000 young and disadvantaged people through its therapy riding centre, environmental education programmes, a free-to-access farm and schemes for disabled children. [/p][p]Anything you can donate will be matched by the Berkeley Foundation, pound for pound, so please give generously! [/p][p]It would be amazing to have your support on the day so if you are planning on going along please let me know where you intend to be on the route so I can keep an eye out for you! [/p][p]Thank you once again. [/p][p]Sean [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]