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Business in the Community Scotland

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Business in the Community Scotland is based in Edinburgh and supports businesses across the country to operate more sustainably and responsibly, and to help address inequalities in their local communities.

It runs a number of community-focussed programmes, designed to alleviate poverty through raising aspirations, improving educational attainment and increasing employability. These include ‘Ready for Work’, which provides work placements with large employers for disadvantaged individuals who are furthest removed from the labour market; ‘Business Class’, in which local businesses provide mentoring, career guidance and enterprising opportunities for secondary school pupils; and ‘Reading Partners’, a paired reading programme which The Robertson Trust has supported since 2016.
Having initially awarded £17,500 towards the expansion of the paired reading programme in 2016, Business in the Community successfully applied for a £35,000 2-3 year continuation of this award in 2017.

To find out more about the organisation, its work and its award from The Robertson Trust, watch the video below. 

Business in the Community from The Robertson Trust on Vimeo.

How this fits with our Giving Strategy...

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
Funding Strand: Realising Potential Theme 1: Enabling young peopel to realise their potential

What we liked about this project

"The Paired Reading Programme is a great example of how we can better support our young people to realise their potential through the development of partnerships between the third and private sector.  

"It is a relatively low cost, sustainable model, which taps into the significant resources and skills of people in our business community who are  matched with primary school children identified as struggling with literacy .

"The time they spend together helps children to build their confidence, raise their aspirations and hopefully improve their attitudes towards education.  We hope that the Trust’s award will support the expansion of this successful programme, which is considered a strong fit with the Trust’s strategic priority of  Realising Potential."

Lesley Macdonald, Head of Giving