Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC has received £5,000 to help young people in deprived parts of West and South Birmingham learn how to manage their finances.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC runs employability workshops, mentoring services and professional counselling to benefit the wider community. The grant will help young people aged 16 to 24 learn about money management and avoiding debt with help from qualified money mentors.

The mentors will teach participants how to budget, set up bank accounts, and pay rent and bills. The aim is to help young people in deprived parts of West and South Birmingham learn crucial life skills to escape and avoid poverty.

Nysha Givans, Education Manager at Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC, said: “This grant will help us support local young people by giving them the knowledge to make wise financial decisions to escape disadvantageous situations, while supporting the wider young population through developing employability skills and providing access to work.”

Sonya Lavill, Branch Manager at Santander’s Birmingham branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC and hope the donation makes a real difference to local young people.”

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Media Contact
Stephanie Harris at Santander      Tel: 020 7756 4221      M: 07841 506 668

Nysha Givans at BYEP CIC            Tel: 0121 622 6394

About Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC
Our mission is to provide intensive case management, mentoring, employability support and educational services to young people who are at risk. We help to strengthen their capacity to connect with family and the community, whilst laying the foundation for a healthy transition into adulthood.

Young people are empowered when they acknowledge that they have; or can create choices in life. They become aware of the implications, helping them to make informed decisions, and to accept responsibility for the consequences of those actions. We aim to create, support, and enable conditions where they can act on their own behalf, and on their own terms, rather than at the direction of others. For more information please visit:

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c20,000 employees and operates through 841 branches (which includes 60 university branches) and 67 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

About Us
Banco Santander
(SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, headquartered in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. It is among the world’s top banks by market capitalization. The bank’s purpose is to help people and businesses prosper, in a way that is simple, personal and fair. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 125 million customers, 12,200 branches and 188,000 employees at the close of 2016. Santander made attributable profit of EUR 6,204 million in 2016, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.