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Providing support for young people locally and in Africa
The team at BlueSky in Burpham Guildford, which provides staff development, professional learning and self-evaluation software for schools, gave Santa a run for his money this Christmas when they wrapped up and delivered 150 pairs of socks to the local Step by Step charity which supports homeless youngsters aged 16-24 in the Aldershot area.
Step by Step expects to have 229 young people staying at its centre on Christmas Day alone and each one will receive a hot meal, sanctuary and a gift. In the longer term the charity aims to help homeless youngsters to learn new skills and gain employment.
BlueSky, which has supported Step by Step for several years, has also been working with Crane, a partner of the international Christian children's charity Viva, in Uganda which supports the education of young girls. BlueSky sponsors four teachers a year to go to Uganda and support trainee teachers there.
"I'm so pleased to see how much has been achieved already," said BlueSky's managing director Denise Inwood. "As a business which is focused on education, we know what young people need in order to succeed. It involves more than just a good education; it is also about supporting their wellbeing too. Many young people struggle, face adversity and have to deal with significant challenge every day. By supporting our two chosen charities, Step by Step and Crane, we hope to contribute to their wellbeing, albeit it in a very small way."