The Valley CIDS Youth Enterprise Scheme (YES) has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Derbyshire, and we need your vote!

By encouraging the public to vote, Valley CIDS – Lighthouse Charity Shop has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

Valley CIDS Youth Enterprise Programme offers young people a unique opportunity to gain employability and entrepreneurial skills whilst gaining first-hand business and enterprise experience.

The £3000 will go directly to our Youth Enterprise Scheme (YES) which is offering young people a nurturing and enriching environment, which promotes their well-being and enhances their life and social skills to support their future employability prospects.

Our goals are that young people will:
- develop self-confidence, life and social skills necessary to make aspirational and informed choices concerning their future employment.
- develop the necessary skills & knowledge to gain access to employment.
- be equipped and enabled to pursue their own enterprise initiatives.

Valley CIDS believes in young people, so we have an exciting opportunity to meld our established youth programmes, dealing with 100’s of young people, together with our Lighthouse Charity shops in a Youth Enterprise Programme. The award will help us establish this project and help unemployed young people into work”. Jonathan Brook CEO Designate

Testimonials from young people who have already taken part in the scheme:

"I have very little money and have sometimes had to use food banks so I don’t go hungry, I don’t have any money to socialise and meet people and I get lonely. The YES Project has given me something to look forward to each week, it has given me routine and structure.  This project is structured and the theme is great, I feel a sense of achievement looking at the furniture that we have created, I look at it and think I was a part of that team that made that great furniture I feel really proud like I’m worth something."

"I have really enjoyed being a part of the YES Project. It has given me a new set of skills, I’ve really enjoyed making furniture and having a go at things I have never done before like making planters. This project is great, I really like team, I feel happy when I’m at the unit. I’m using my new skills to shabby chic a chair for my mum for her living room….she’ll love it!"

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to up to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

There are four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a branch of Lloyds bank from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Valley CIDS – Lighthouse Charity Shops and cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at:

Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.

In a nutshell, if you would like to vote for Valley CIDS, you can either do this:

Online by visiting;

Online by following the Tweeting instructions in the photo above; or by

Texting - see the picture below for details on how to text your vote in.

Or, Lloyds customers can vote in their local Lloyds branch at Alfreton, Hucknall, Heanor or Ripley.

Thank you.