The airport has handed over a cheque for £5,000 to Beyond Youth's 'Chance 2 Change' programme through its charity, the Stansted Airport Community Fund. The money forms part of the airport's 2010 commitment to support good causes within the communities surrounding the UK's third busiest airport.
Stansted Airport's Marcella M'Rabety, joined Beyond Youth founder, Emma Morris, and Colchester United's David Streetley at a ceremony to mark the airport's contribution to the initiative. Speaking at the event, which was held at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium, Marcella said:
"The Stansted Airport Community Fund is delighted to support Beyond Youth whose projects promote safer and happier communities, discourage antisocial behaviour and improve many young peoples' lives. We hope this cash injection will help encourage future donations and grants from other potential supporters of Beyond Youth's fantastic work."
Beyond Youth's 'Chance 2 Change' programme delivers ground breaking projects to disadvantaged young people across Essex, through a combination of therapeutic group work, sports and leisure activities. Founder, Emma Morris, said the donation will help provide a wider range of activities and opportunities for young people across the county, adding:
"This funding will allow us to continue the delivery of our Chance 2 Change group work programme and help many more young people to make positive changes in their lives and support them to be the best they can be.
"We believe that our programme offers a unique approach that allows young people, who often feel marginalised by society, to develop emotional intelligence and to understand how they can take control of their feelings, thoughts and actions to create a brighter future.
"The kind donation from the Stansted Airport Community Fund really will make all the difference and we are grateful for their support."
Colchester United's Community Sports Trust is also supporting the initiative by providing a professional coach for the sporting activities. David Streetley, the club's Community Inclusion Manager, was equally enthusiastic about the contribution, saying:
"This is a great opportunity for Colchester United Community Sports Trust to help young people make lasting changes to their lives. Sport can be a really powerful way to help boost confidence and teach skills such as team working.
"By teaming this with the tried and tested methods Chance 2 Change use to help young people understand the consequences of their actions we believe we will create a unique programme that really can change lives for the better."
The Stansted Airport Community Fund is part of BAA Communities Trust, a registered grant-making charity. Applications are considered four times a year by a board of Panel Members made up from the airport and various local organisations. Members consider applications using their local knowledge to ensure the greatest possible benefit goes to the community.