Year in Review: Elaine Lilley – A year of growth

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We are pleased to report that 2016 has been a time of enormous growth for The EBP.

Expanding our staffing by 17 employees this year increases the skills we have available and therefore increases our opportunities and we have opened two new offices – Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

This growth has been enabled by the increasing success of the programmes that we deliver. The last financial year also saw a 32% increase in our turnover to £7.8 million.

We continue to manage National Citizen Service (NCS) in Lincolnshire and parts of the East Midlands, a contract that we have delivered since 2011.

NCS is the fastest-growing youth movement in the UK, helping 16-17 year olds build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

We have driven significant growth in the number of young people taking part, with over 1,000 teens in Lincolnshire graduating from NCS in 2016.

Social action is a key part of the NCS programme, helping to create positive change in local communities and leaving a sustainable legacy.

In 2016, Lincolnshire teens contributed over 30,000 volunteering hours to their communities, also raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

Social action projects range hugely from renovating a skate park to campaigning for a local cause that a group feels passionate about.

One notable example was back in March when a group of teens transformed a house for the homeless in Lincoln, in support of East Midlands’ homeless charity Framework.

The property houses four people every night for around six months, helping them on their journey to independent living. Our NCS participants worked tirelessly, painting the interior and sprucing up the garden making a significant difference to support the residents’ transition and communicating an awareness of homelessness to young people.

Countless businesses and individuals have supported our work throughout 2016 and without them we would not have been able to make the level of impact that we have.

This extends from the tangible difference that young people have made in their communities and also encompasses work experience and mentoring programmes.

We were able to thank many of these businesses at our annual Investors in Education Awards in November but a huge number of other organisations have supported us in inspiring the next generation, helping them to become better prepared for the next chapter of their lives.

We are massively grateful for the support we are given in Lincolnshire and thank everyone who has helped us this year.

It’s not just the business community that has supported our county’s young people. This year we were thrilled to work with some well-known personalities including the actor Colin McFarlane, Countdown’s Rachel Riley, the Red Arrows pilots, Olympic gold medalist Shona McCallin and astronaut Tim Peake. All of whom have joined us in inspiring Lincolnshire’s young people, helping them to understand the breadth of opportunity that are available to them.

Our continued partnership working is helping to create a better-prepared, more motivated future workforce in Lincolnshire and we look forward to developing these relationships in 2017. Thank you to everyone from all of us at The EBP.