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2022 CEO Reflections

 2022 CEO Reflections

As we draw near to the end of 2022, thoughts of thanksgiving run through my mind.   It truly has been a year of change; our theme was “No excuses, it’s time to build”.  We came into the New Year with a diehard determination to see our work climb to higher heights, we wanted to break records and really see the impact of our work on a great scale.

We started in January with a team away weekend, where we planned and strategised exactly how we were going to reach the people who needed us most. Those plans and strategies came to life in so many ways; we talked about being recognised for our outstanding commitment to the community and we wanted our work to be recognised in publications as well as in the community.

We have seen so much change within the landscape: the rising cost of fuel, which started back in April, has had a detrimental impact on the families we support in more ways that we can say.   We have pivoted some of our support to be more tangible, providing hot meals and food hampers, support with energy costs and clothing for young people.

We said goodbye to members of our team, and welcomed new members.  We even welcomed the youngest member of First Class Foundation as we celebrated with our Kitchen Table Talks Lead Practitioner who welcomed her baby boy in the summer.

Stepping back out in the new school term, with brand new faces and a new Black Jackets team, so much change, so much growth, grit and determination. The work of First Class Foundation has been more visible than ever and we are so proud.

As we prepare to welcome in the New Year 2023, we celebrate our wins and set plans in place to build upon our success.

Winner of The Black Talent Awards

Winner of Black Owned Birmingham Charity of the year

Winner of Community Inspiration Awards

I would like to thank the friends of First Class who have supported our work this year, Browne Jacobson, OTD Our Training Department, The Transformation Centre and the many regular givers; your support has made a huge difference.

We work in the most deprived areas.

We have:

  • supported 200 families with a food Hamper
  • given out 500 hot meals
  • supported over 550 young people with at least one hours’ worth of positive activities on a weekly basis
  • supported 173 parents with young people engaged in the Youth Justice System
  • engaged 23,652 young people on the streets
  • signposted 7,884 16-19 year olds to job opportunities
  • supported 110 young people to build mental health resilience

If you would like to support First Class Foundation to continue our fight to reduce youth violence, improve mental health resilience and connect young people and their families to positive opportunities, please click here.

Your support enables us to keep young people and their families’ safe, building strong families, to lead strong communities, and in turn to create a strong society.  

We are First Class Foundation, building a first class nation.

Yours sincerely 

Sabrina Dennis


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