Wirral accountancy firm first to pledge support to new project to help young people

Leading accountancy firm McEwan Wallace has become the first business in Wirral to sign up to a new initiative to help vulnerable young people look forward to a brighter future.

The Birkenhead-based company has pledged support for ‘Match Me a Mentor’ a new project launched by charity Youth Fed which aims to help raise young people’s confidence and self-esteem and offer them a positive role model.

The project, due to start in September, will also provide opportunities to young people in the area, and is being piloted in Wirral, with plans to expand it across six other regions.

Liz Elliott, Director at McEwan Wallace and first mentor of the Wirral scheme said: “We are passionate about the importance of giving something back to the communities in which we work and this project proved to be a perfect fit for us.

“It will be a great addition to our wider corporate social responsibility programme. McEwan Wallace supports a range of third sector organisations, including Pro Help which helps smaller, not for profit organisations gain valuable pro bono advice. We also run quarterly third sector lunches which offer free advice to charities. However McEwan Wallace is delighted to be supporting young people in Wirral and I am really looking forward to being a mentor here in my local community.”

Youth Fed, based in Ellesmere Port, is appealing for a total of 16 businesses to pledge their support to ‘Match Me a Mentor’ by providing a mentor from their staff and donating £1,000 to help fund it.

Kevin Bradburne of Youth Fed, said: “We are very excited about ‘Match Me a Mentor’ as it could really transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in the region, as well as helping businesses to give something back to their community.

“Each young person who is selected for the programme with face significant personal and social obstacles which are preventing them from moving forward in their lives. This could be anything from chaotic family backgrounds and living in deprivation to emotional health and wellbeing problems.”

The volunteer mentor will meet with their mentee for one hour every two weeks for a 12-month period, receiving 12 hours of mentoring training, as well as invitations to two networking events each year with like-minded businesses.

Youth Fed is a charity that supports over 600 youth organisations across Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral. It offers full support to youth organisations by offering advice, training and funding support to help make an open youth provision sustainable and effective. The Youth Federation also provides National Citizenship Service delivery and targeted education support via vulnerable young people.

To find out more about getting involved contact Youth Fed on 0151 357 1971.

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