McDonald’s partners with The Foxton Centre to give young people opportunities in Preston

Posted on - 6th May, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Education, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, What's On in Preston
McDonald's Preston Capitol Centre Team.
McDonald’s Preston Capitol Centre Team.

A McDonald’s in Preston and a local homelessness charity have been part of a national pilot programme to give young people more opportunities. 

Over the last 18 months, McDonald’s Preston Riversway has worked with youth workers from The Foxton Centre, to provide welcoming and safe spaces for young vulnerable people.

The programme, ‘Makin’ It,’ was set up after new research revealed that young people in the North West feel like there is a lack of opportunity and 69% often worry about the future.

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As well as providing safe spaces for vulnerable young people, McDonald’s also supported fundraising at local events, helped young people into employment and provided breakfast to the homeless every month.

‘Makin’ It’ is now due to be expanded nationally, in partnership with AJ Tracey, a British rapper, with all McDonald’s restaurants connected to youth services over the next two years. 

AJ Tracey, British rapper partners with McDonald's to deliver the initiative.
AJ Tracey, British rapper partners with McDonald’s to deliver the initiative.

Nigel Dunnington, owner of 18 restaurants across Lancashire said: “It’s no secret that young people today are facing some incredibly challenging times, particularly when it comes to accessing trusted adult support and opportunities. 

“With 90% of my workforce being under 25, we’ve seen first-hand the difference that access to training, jobs and support can make. We want all young people in our Preston community to feel like they have opportunities to make the most of their life and broaden their horizons, so with the scale of the Makin’ It project, we have the ability to make a real difference.

“We have already seen some fantastic results since we began working with The Foxton Centre a few years ago now. It just goes to show how valuable it is to be there for young people, and we hope we can continue working with the Foxton Centre to make a meaningful impact and difference to a generation.”

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The scheme will also fund over 500 new youth work qualifications to help unlock the potential of young people in every community.

You can watch the ‘Makin’ It’ YouTube video here.

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