RETAIL TRUST & VINSPIRED ANNOUNCE THREE YEAR PARTNERSHIP

Charities to help young people to build skills and confidence for work in the retail sector

With the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training approaching one million this month, Retail Trust and Youth volunteering charity vInspired have teamed up to give young people a step into the retail industry.

The project, launched in Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), will enlist young people who want to enter or progress in the retail sector to develop and volunteer in local pop-up initiatives. The project is supported by Dan Thompson founder of #riotcleanup and will be aimed at young people aged 16-25.

Nigel J L Rothband, Chief Executive of Retail Trust, the only charity looking after all people in retail, says “We’re very excited about our partnership with vInspired as over 30% of the retail sector workforce is made up of 16-24 year olds, more than double the all-industry average for the UK of 13%.

We want to support community collaboration between retailers and youth and to encourage local regeneration through the use of empty units on our high street and within town centres. We will be calling on retailers in the coming weeks to support their employee’s development through the programme.”

Terry Ryall, CEO of vInspired explains, “vInspired is a charity that, quite simply, gives young people the opportunity to do good things.  This innovative partnership with Retail Trust will not only help build skills for future careers in retail, it will create important links between young people and their local communities. By combining Retail Trust’s expertise in retail, and our own in motivating young people, we hope our three year project will help to inject a new life into our high streets.

For more information on the programme and explore how your business and staff can take part contact Anahid Basmajian, Retail Trust on 020 8358 7277 or email abasmajian@retailtrust.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. www.retailtrust.org.uk

vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering - for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions - offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities.  Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities.  www.vinspired.org

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Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. The Retail Trust Helpline is a free and confidential service that provides vital support and a range of services including: free counseling, free legal advice, free debt advice, redundancy support through their ReWork programme, hardship grants, course funding, as well as retirement housing for retired retailers throughout the UK. The Retail Trust Helpline can be accessed online at www.retailtrust.org.uk/help, by calling 0808 801 0808, emailing helpline@retailtrust.org.uk or by texting the word ‘HELPLINE’ to 88010* with any request or query. In the past year alone, requests coming through to The Retail Trust Helpline for counselling have increased by 125%. Retail staff needing debt advice has increased by 50%. Requests for redundancy support are up 40%, and demand for critical incident support has grown by a massive 229%. ReWork is a Retail Trust service for people who have been made redundant from retail. The programme (worth over £1,000) helps users identify a career path that suits their needs and can help find potential employers. ReWork offers access to a free Guide to Resolving Redundancy, free Personal Career Coaching and Resolving Redundancy Workshops. The Retail Trust Employee Assistance Programme is the only EAP that is designed specifically for retailers by retailers and is run exclusively for retail and associated businesses. Retail Trust currently has over 120 EAP partners throughout the retail sector and associated businesses and currently looks after over 777,000 staff. www.retailtrust.org.uk/eap www.retailtrust.org.ukwww.youtube.com/retailtrustFollow us on twitter @RetailTrustLike us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RetailTrust

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