Platform Project given £90k grant
The Paul Hamlyn Project has awarded Swindon’s Platform Project a £90,000 grant from its youth fund. The grant will support the project’s work supporting young people at risk of unemployment. Thus far the project has helped more than 100 young people. 

The Platform Project will get the money over a three-year period.

Sadie Sharp, Platform Project founder, said: ‘This funding lets us increase our management staff’s hours. That in turn lets us support more young people. We plan to take what we do and turn it into a scalable model. The model will have several different products and services that we can provide to such agencies as schools and other youth development agencies. That will allow them to put our experiences to good use.’

Platform Project given £90k grant - Sadie Sharp of the Platform Project
Commercial portraits of Sadie Sharp taken on June 8th 2020 by Barbara Leatham Photography in Swindon, Wiltshire. Speaker and publisher, she’s a transformational entrepreneur working with businesses and individuals

Exceptional results

Over the last four years, The Platform Project’s results with young people have exceeded industry standard. 89% of young people within the project have moved into work, self-employment or staying in education. 

‘The team at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation supported our innovative approach. It’s one that uses practical, hands on, youth led business experiences to offer effective development of young people. They wanted to support our vision of scaling as a social franchise. Recreating our model in other towns and cities over the coming years will help to reduce the number of young NEETS. That’s youngsters not in education, employment or training’ Sadie said.

Kate Hitchcock, grants manager at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, commented:

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on young people’s wellbeing and expectations for the future.  The Platform Project supports and empowers young people to develop confidence and employability skills. All with a key focus on entrepreneurship. This grant through our Youth Fund will support The Platform Project to expand their capacity. And that will help more young people to realise their potential. We look forward to learning alongside them.’

About the Platform Project

The Platform Project, based in the Dorcan area of Swindon, is now in its fourth year.

It’s a social enterprise running developmental internships to help prepare young people between the ages of 16-21 for the work environment and take their next steps into a career.

For more information visit https://www.platformproject

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