Bradford Chamber’s new president, Andy Caton has chosen e:merge as the Chamber’s charity of the year. Andy is Corporate Development Director at Yorkshire Building Society and took over as Chamber President from Paul Mackie in July.
e:merge is a Bradford youth work charity with 20 staff; half part-time plus three apprentices, currently working in Laisterdyke, East Bowling, West Bowling, Bierley, Undercliffe, Windhill and Manningham. e:merge is committed to finding solutions to the most pressing needs of young people, speaking up on their behalf and doing our very best for the most marginalised in society. They inspire young people to change their lives by developing resilience, raising aspiration and creating communities of support in every context of their lives – at home, in schools or on the streets.
Andy Sykes is deputy CEO at e:merge. He said: “Through a range of street based community youth work, sports sessions, proactive groups and school-based intervention work we work with young people in Bradford to help them thrive.
“Over recent years it has become harder than ever to find financial support for preventative and targeted work with young people where we are seeing amazing results so we are very pleased to be working with Bradford Chamber over the coming months to help raise awareness of the work we do, make new connections with the business community and raise vital funds.”
Bradford Chamber President, Andy Caton added: “e:merge is making a real difference to the lives of young people in Bradford. In the last 12 months they have worked with almost 2000 young people and of over 300 referred by schools at high risk of exclusion, 98% have been enabled to remain in mainstream schools.
“I am delighted to support them over coming months through Bradford Chamber’s annual dinner on 20th November and staff charity events.”
Bradford Chamber is part of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber group.
Pic caption: L-R Andy Caton, Andy Sykes with e:merge’s young leaders at their premises on Pawson Street, Bradford.