7 out of 10 of our trainees move from being totally dependent on the state with few choices to make, to leading totally independent lives in full-time work or education with many good choices to make.
For every £10 invested, we leverage an additional £7 from like-minded employer partners and volunteers who share their expertise and time.*
Our ROI is 1:3.7*
*WeMindTheGap Impact and Evaluation Report, 2016
We estimate that every successful WeMindTheGap graduate moves from costing the state circa. £25k a year to contributing circa. £19k – a net economic gain of £44k per annum.
During their traineeship, WeMindtheGap trainees donate an incredible 140 hours of volunteer work to our precious local charities.
7 of our trainees once lived in hostels AND are now enjoying independent lives in their own private accommodation.
Georgina travelled to India for a month to work in an orphanage before starting her full-time job. She’s now saving to visit again.
Jess has completed a foundation course (all while working full-time) and is soon starting a degree course in Social Care.
After hearing Jodie speak so eloquently at Windsor Castle, The Duke of Edinburgh sought her out to personally congratulate her. Another audience member soon offered Jodie a job!
Sophie is working in Moneypenny’s Accounts Department as the company’s first ever apprentice. Not only has she just passed her first year Accountancy exams with flying colours, she also recently met HRH The Prince of Wales.
Vicky has been able to follow her dream of working in the gaming industry. She is now in her second term of a degree course in Game Animation at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
Sophie M. really caught the adventure bug and is now a fully qualified PGL Outdoor Adventure instructor.
I feel the Moneypenny Foundation’s ethos and attitude toward this particular client group is, in my 9 years’ experience, unique. This client group, in my opinion, doesn’t usually fit other schemes’ criteria. I have seen young people start the Moneypenny Foundation with huge doubts about themselves and their ability to succeed – I have seen the same young people at the end of the course glowing with pride, confidence and ambition (things many of these young people have never had before).
Adrian Harvey, Clwyd Alyn Housing (providing accommodation for Wrexham’s homeless)
We have learnt from the women we have engaged with. They have asked us questions about how we do things, allowing us to reflect upon our own approaches to our work. This journey offers confidence and hope to young women who are just looking for the opportunity to achieve, but not only that it offers the [employer] partners an experience to learn.
Lucy Jones, Careers Team, Glyndwr University
The journeys each of the young women have taken is inspiring.
Ken Skates, AM Clwyd South
The most satisfying thing of the whole of my 2015 (not just the charity) was seeing the change in the girls, particularly Ami. To see that kind of change in a person and the new found confidence is so rewarding. It is an absolute honour to be a part of.
Denise Scott, Moneypenny employee and volunteer mentor
This may be the most personally rewarding piece of work I have ever completed, ever in my whole career. To sum it all up, I am inspired by WeMindThe Gap and its knowledge that care and doing the right thing acts as a springboard to a secure future for young women in our communities. This is basic psychology amplified to real life action: it’s impossible to avoid the truth in this simple tactic if you just look and listen.
Get listening world, we need more like Rachel and Diane if we are serious about helping our challenged young people have good meaningful lives.
Sue Schilling, Business Coach & Change Mgmt Consultant