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A BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) programme, which is ran across five secondary schools from the local area, has been given a boost with continued support from a local community support group.

Burton Breweries Charitable Trust (BBCT), supports projects that aim to make lasting differences to disadvantaged young people in the communities of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. After support for BACT’s Respect Burton project for the past number of years, BBCT have once again agreed to help and continue their support for a further year, with the partnership support of Burton Youth for Christ (BYC) allowing the project to run.

Keith Norris, independent Chair of BBCT, said: ‘We are very pleased to be able to provide new funding to support the project. The partnership between Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton Youth for Christ has been very successful in working with young people from disadvantaged areas of Burton, experiencing a range of social difficulties. This has resulted in significantly improving their prospects, life opportunities and reducing the risk of future difficulties.

The project is being ran in De Ferrers, Abbot Beyne, Paget, Paulet and Robert Sutton secondary schools from around the Burton upon Trent area, with the project covering all aspects of social inclusion, aspiration raising and emotional wellbeing.

Sarah Evans, Education and Learning Team Leader, said: “The project aims to link into the KICKS programme that we also run, aiming to support young people in and outside of school, delivering informal education about socially emotive subjects. We try to build confidence and ultimately, we try to encourage the youngsters to respect themselves, each other and their community. There are also goals and incentives at the end of this for them to look forward to, as rewards and trips are included throughout the academic year.