IMO Charity & Impetus
Our partnership with Impetus will enable us to provide support for young residents of Blackburn to find work or training, which is essential to ensure that future generations are given opportunities to learn and earn, and build successful lives.
– Mohammed Tayyab Sidat MBE, CEO, IMO Charity
The need: Our research shows that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice as likely as their better-off peers to be out of education, employment or training (NEET). There is also clear data showing that ethnic minority young people are disproportionately impacted by unemployment.
Blackburn with Darwen is the 9th most deprived local authority in England (out of 317) - the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities in the area are disproportionately disadvantaged, with a 19% unemployment rate compared to 4% for all ethnicities.
Our charity partner: Inspire Motivate Overcome (IMO) Charity was founded by volunteers in 2006 to serve this need, and has since grown from grassroots to an established organisation recognised as the go-to provider of youth programmes for the South Asian community in Blackburn.
IMO Charity currently delivers a wide range of programmes with young people, predominantly in schools and mosques.
Our Impact: We will support IMO to use their existing expertise, reach and networks to develop and deliver a robust employment-focused programme. Our capacity-building support to IMO will draw on our expertise in developing impactful employment programming, place-based interventions and building sustainable funding models.