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Supporting young people

Shine is the name for our children and young people’s services at Sir Josiah Mason Trust. 


We have been supporting children in need since the 1850’s.

We want all young people to feel secure, have opportunities and to thrive.  Our ambition is to create brighter futures for the most disadvantaged young people by providing support and education.

This winter, many children and their families are facing a time of extreme hardship.  In the coming months, we will be supporting local families and working in partnership with a range of organisations to ensure that many young people get access to food and essential items they might otherwise do without.  Read more here information  




We fund apprentices across the different areas of our charity.   Being an apprentice enables you to work alongside our experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage, receive holiday pay and get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of getting a head start in a particular field of work and to enable young people to start working and earning a wage while they learn key skills and gain the qualifications that employers need.

We employ apprentices in several areas of the organisation including catering, painting and decorating, care and customer services.​

For more information, call us on 0121 245 1002.

Through our partnership work with St Paul’s Community Development Trust, we aim to promote inter-generational understanding between school pupils (aged 11-16) and older people living in our residential accommodation, as well as providing work experience opportunities to students. 

Each week, a small group of students visit our residential care home where they take part in activities with residents, learn about their lives and have fun.  Research has shown the significant benefits of bringing young people and older adults together, particularly those in residential care, can have.

A range of opportunities are also available to individuals who have a particular interest in practical experience such as maintenance and catering.  This weekly supervised work experience is invaluable and offers pupils a step up in the career goals

Between 2017-2020, we are funding the Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP) delivered by the University of Birmingham.  This life-changing programme encourages and supports young people from less advantaged backgrounds to realise their higher education aspirations. 


Students who are successful in gaining a place on this programme will benefit from the following:

  • Support with raising students' academic grades through two study skills sessions in Year 13

  • Support from current undergraduates via e-mentoring

  • Support with their decision making process

  • First hand experience of the academic learning to be expected from a research-led institution during the week long residential in August

  • An invitation to attend the celebration event that recognises the hard work of all the participants on the programme.

For more information about this programme, visit: 

Work experience
Families in Crisis
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