Over recent years, the Shepherd Street Trust is privileged to have supported a wide spectrum of youngsters, many with aspirations of fame and success. Here are some examples
Funding was awarded to support a young person to attend a residential course with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. This included performing at Leeds Town Hall, the Barbican in London and a recording on Radio 3.
Funding was awarded to the Blackburn Cathedral Trust towards singing workshops run by the Music Outreach Project involving local primary school children.
The Mill Youth Centre in Stockport was awarded funding to recloth the pool tables.
A community centre in Preston was awarded funding to purchase 'ride on' toys for the children to use when coming to the centre.
The Shaftesbury Youth Club was awarded funding for the purchase of new computers to be used by young people attending the centre to support their education and development.
From THE CHAMPION:
FOLLOWING the success of their application for funding from police commissioner Clive Grunshaw's proceeds of crime initiative, Skelmersdale Action For Youth had more good news to celebrate in the shape of a grant from the Shepherd Street Trust, a Preston-based charity which supports the needs and aspirations of young people. This will pay for 10 waterproof jackets for young people who are doing their bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and help youngsters take part in SAY's crazy carts, turfboarding and canoeing sessions. It will also assist SAY staff member, Phil Newby, in completing his two-year university course in photography. SAY leader, Alan Lewis, said: “This funding is good news for SAY and for young people from Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire. “We would like to say a thank-you to the Shepherd Street Trust for supporting the upcoming activities.” SAY runs activities with multi agencies like Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue. SAY also works closely with Lancashire voluntary police cadets. Phil Newby will be taking photos at SAY activities throughout the year.
Phil Newby and Alan Lewis with the cheque and letter from the Shepherd Street Trust
Shepherd Street Trust helped pay for natural play equipment for the Levensgarth Park Project of the Sharoe Green and Sherwood Community Association.
Shepherd Street Trust supported a young person to participate in a netball team camp in the US.
Maria Regina Angelorum college sent several students on a French work experience trip.
"I want to give you a big thank you for the money that you gave me. You made my trip possible and I will forever be grateful to you. It was an amazing experience and I have a great time."
"I'd like to thank you so much for allowing me to have gone on my work experience in Lille, France, due to the generous bursary I recieved from the Trust.
Shepherd Street Trust supported a young person to participate in the 5th Preston(St Cuthburt's) Scout Group and Indiana Explorer Scout unit's trip to Austria. Pictured below at the summit of the Grosser Kottenkopf
Many congratulations to Daniel, who succesfully achieved PADI diver certification last year with financial support from the Shepherd Street Trust. With the qualification he has managed to secure an apprenticeship with "Reefers and Wreckers", a diving school based in Barrow. He is now gaining experience in customer service, diving qualifications and retail skills.
Autism Initiatives Grant awarded November 2010
I was delighted to receive your letter today, together with the enclosed cheque ... This will be used towards the costs associated with supporting 2 young students from our FE college in Southport, through work experience.
2nd Rossendale Scout Group: Grant awarded November 2010.
I would be grateful if you would pass on our sincere thanks to the trustees for this grant which is much appreciated and will be used to purchase music for our bands.
Elizabeth Highton: international fencing. Grant awarded September 2010
I would like to thank you very much for the extremely generous donation Shepherd Street Trust gave me to assist with the expense of my international fencing. It will be a huge help and will hopefully bring me closer to my dreams of attending European and World Championships and ultimately the Olympics.
Daniel Sliwinski is a young championship swimmer from Preston, recently funded by the Trust. He won gold in the World Final Junior Swimming Championships in Mexico
On a trip to Australia with the British Swimming Youth Squad, he won 3 golds, 1 silver (relay), 1 bronze and achieved 4 personal best times.
Daniel recently won bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in India.
Daniel is now in the 2012 London olympics targeted squad."Thank you for this generous donation, which will help me to progress towards my goal of competing in the 2012 Olympic Games."
Preston United Youth Development Programme at Brathay Hall in Ambleside.Shepherd Street Trust supported a series of one day programmes for a group of boys who are involved in a football based youth project run by Preston United.... aimed at tackling Preston's growing gang culture: in this instance, through preventative work with young people who are at risk of gang involvement. Comments from the young people: "Phenomenal"......."I can't swim and was pretty scared when I fell off the raft, but it was great and jumping off the jetty was the best bit"............... "Thanks for letting us try things and trusting us"..........."It's great to come back each week and push myself further and still enjoy it"
Blackburn Cathedral Choir were assisted with the cost of touring to the USA for 2 weeks in August. They visited New York City, Princeton and Philadelphia.
Rochdale Special Needs Cycling Club is growing ever larger and more successful. With help from the Trust, the club has purchased specialist cycles to enable children with disabilities to enjoy countryside rides and camping trips."We now have wheelchair bikes for children with severe disabilities and electrically assisted hand cranked ones for children without the use of their legs ...we now have three Rickshaws with signs on the back warning following traffic that there are young novice riders ahead, so the rides can split up into three groups that meet at a cafe stop. We can therefore take out 80 or more children each weekend"
Burnley and Pendle Cheer Group were helped to purchase uniforms for all their teams.
The Windmill Youth Development Group from Blackpool, a dynamic charity that motivates and guides young people through the Duke of Edinburgh awards was supported last summer. A donation from Shepherd Street helped them to make an expedition to British Columbia.
"That expedition to the Discovery Islands and Quadra in particular changed the lives of so many of the 17 youngsters who benefitted from your sponsorship ...... Trusts such as Shepherd Street create such great benefits for young people who, without that support would never gain these life forming experiences"
5th Preston (St Cuthbert's) scout group is now able to take youngsters on summer camps and other activities since the Trust helped with the purchase of a mini-bus.
Multi Sports Development days were supported in Lancaster and Manchester
West Lancashire Scouts Mountaineering Group were supported in an expedition to Greenland with the purchase of tents and cooking equipment.
Megan Flynn took part in an expedition to the Arctic - with assistance from Shepherd Street Trust. Here is an extract from her account:"The next day we did a food dump near to the snout of Nordskiolderbreen and set up one pulk for each tent group's supplies and food. We collected these the following morning and as I wasn't starting with a pulk I was today's navigator. We encountered some heavily crevassed ground as we moved over the glacier so I was responsible for co-ordinating everyone's movements over the crevasse and ensuring safety whilst working to a time constraint. .....After 10 hours we arrived at the base of Ferrierfjellet with soaking wet clothes but, very thankfully, dry pulks!"
(Can anyone translate for us? - Hooray for pulks - rather Megan than us!!!)
Charlie Bolton was assisted towards course fees in order to attend Phil Winston's Theatreworks in Blackpool.
Accrington Wildcats Rugby League Club "We would like to thank your organisation for assisting us in the purchase of our rugby gear for the Under 12's. As a club we have managed to field three teams in our first season in the NWC League. This was far beyond our expectations of fielding just the one team in an area dominated by football."