In March 2018 Young Lives vs Cancer secured a three-year partnership with the UK arm of Societe Generale, one of the largest European financial services groups.
Staff at Societe Generale, along with company donations and matching from the Societe Generale UK Foundation, are aiming to raise £1 million to help young people to achieve their education and employment ambitions despite their cancer diagnosis.
In October 2018, Societe Generale and Young Lives vs Cancer launched the ‘Thrive Not Just Survive’ grant scheme to support young cancer patients aged between 14 and 24-years-old to get an education or career ambition back on track.
Over 90 grants have been awarded to young people to fund everything from a law conversion course to equipment to set up a tattoo business. Applications will reopen in 2020.
During 2019, Young Lives vs Cancer and Societe Generale are working together on an innovative research project seeking to better understand the impact cancer has on young people and parents’ employment.
As well as learning more about these issues, the aim is to raise awareness and establish policy and practical solutions to help improve sustainable employment for young cancer patients and parents of children with cancer during and post cancer treatment.
Young Lives vs Cancer will also use the new funding to increase the support from its specialist care teams, who work tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes beyond a child or young person’s health by minimising the disruption cancer causes to their education, careers, finances and future prospects.
In addition to fundraising, Societe Generale and its employees are constantly exploring ways to support Young Lives vs Cancer and its beneficiaries. For example, sharing skills and expertise, in-kind resources and even donating a part of their apprenticeship levy to fund Young Lives vs Cancer staff to undertake a data science programme.
For Young Lives vs Cancer, this partnership is an exciting opportunity to address key issues young people face relating to their education and employment prospects.
We know that cancer has a huge impact beyond a young person’s health – it can damage their confidence, their finances, and rob them of their independence.
With Societe Generale we will be able to provide much needed support to make sure more young people can achieve their goals.
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