We set up the ACE Foundation in 2021 knowing many of our young people are facing real barriers to aspiration and self-belief. We want them to have a wider range of life experiences in their early teenage years to allow them to see the possibilities of the world beyond their door, to consider what talent, creativity and energy they themselves have locked inside that they can offer and to build the skill set that we know employers are looking for.
Experiencing things that many take for granted - cultural outings like visiting the theatre, museums, sports events and exhibitions, physical activities including sailing and water-sports, group-orientated outdoor adventures such as camping and hiking, opens young peoples' minds to the scope of opportunity out there, and what they have within, so they can believe in themselves and begin to aim higher.
One key barrier for these young people is funding and with contributions from local benefactors and businesses, we can make things possible that otherwise wouldn't be within their grasp.
Paul Walsh is a Warwick School Alumni and successful local entrepreneur who saw the potential in the ACE Foundation idea, and came on board as our Founding Benefactor with a generous starting donation that means we can begin making an impact straight away:
"This is the school I went to as a teenager and I feel a real connection with this community; I got involved with ACE because I want to make sure the talent, innovation and potential among these young people can rise up and make a difference."