Appeal from The Bishop David Sheppard 10th Anniversary Trust

The Bishop David Sheppard 10th Anniversary Trust exists to give young people who experienced issues within standard education channels a second chance.

Last week we shared the good news about education within the Diocese, and indeed throughout our region ‘.Five schools from our diocese won awards at the Gala ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral, showcasing the strong education provision present in the region’s primary and secondary schools

Provision for young people progressing through the standard education system is excellent, in the Diocese of Liverpool and across the region but there are those who, for one reason or another in years past, were not able to explore the opportunities presented by the education system. There are many varying reasons why children and young people do not either wish or feel able to pursue the standard education channels: difficult home life or family situations; behavioural problems; learning difficulties. The Bishop David Sheppard 10th Anniversary Trust exists to give those who experienced such issues a second chance.

The Trust was formed in 1989 to try and make a difference to the lives of as many young people as possible with its limited resources.  The Trust still follows the same mission in assisting those that have the desire to go back into education, in the hope that it could improve their lives and the lives of their families.   

The Trust survives, and relies solely on, charitable donations. Our parishes have always supported this worthwhile cause, however, in recent years, parish purse-strings have tightened, as yours and mine, meaning regular donations have lessened considerably. Bishop David would have been delighted that his Anniversary Trust was still in a position to offer help to those in need and I would like to add my voice to ensure that the Trust continues to offer that support in the long term, but it does need your help. 

In the download box to the right is the annual Trust Newsletter which gives further information on the Trust itself and some examples of the valuable work it has accomplished in the last 12 months. You will also find a donation form. If you are able to make a donation, no matter what size, please Gift Aid it as the form suggests.