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Harrison Centre for Social Mobility Launches with Foundation Donation

Newcastle United Foundation is one of seven local charities to received a share of ยฃ30,000 from the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility (HCSM), set up to tackle some of the regionโ€™s most entrenched social issues.

HCSM will provide advice and financial support to charities that are helping people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, to learn new skills. HCSM will also look for new and unproven ways to tackle long-standing social mobility issues in the North East.

Social mobility is the basic principle that each generation should do better than the previous one and that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

But the region remains at the wrong end of league tables on employment, growth, productivity and health.

While part of the solution is education and job creation, HCSM has been created to focus on life skills including, aspiration and leadership.

HCSM was founded by North East entrepreneur, David Harrison, who says no matter what your background is, you should have the opportunity to make the most of your abilities.

HCSM hopes that through its support, more young people will discover new opportunities to reach their true potential.

Speaking at the launch of HCSM at Walwick Hall in Northumberland, David Harrison said: โ€œI grew up in a typical County Durham pit village. It was assumed that my future would follow the same path as my parents and the education system didnโ€™t really open my eyes to all the opportunities. I had to travel long distances to find work.

โ€œLuckily I found an entrepreneurial streak and realised that I could set up and run a business of my own, look after my family and employ others. So I feel like I have lived social mobility and I would like others from similar backgrounds to me to have the same opportunity but perhaps to discover it a little easier.

โ€œI learned that ambition and aspiration have to come from the individual ultimately but it sometimes needs someone who is trusted to point it out.

โ€œOften new ideas are seen as being too risky for bureaucratic public funding, so HCSM will step in where there is a real chance of success. We are trying to show what is possible and give young people the chance to reach their true potential.โ€

Newcastle United Foundation received a ยฃ10,000 grant from HCSM. Head of the Foundation, Kate Bradley, said: โ€œOur Foundation has just revealed our vision to build a new home for community sport, education and wellbeing on the site of the Murray House community centre just outside of the city centre. For almost ten years, we have coached, mentored, educated and provided opportunities. This โ€“ our new home โ€“ will connect a community, becoming a vibrant place for thousands of young people and their families, just a goal-kick from St. Jamesโ€™ Park.

โ€œWe are honoured that the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility has chosen our project to receive a donation. Although we are in an early stage of development, we are delighted that David believes in our vision. This donation will be key to our success.โ€

For more information about the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, please visit http://www.harrisoncentre.org

 


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