The Mason Trust is a charitable organisation which helps young people from Norfolk and Suffolk fulfil their potential in a number of ways...
- We offer a funding programme to assist individuals aged 12 - 25 with projects, ideas and trips that will help expand their horizons and further their personal development and career options
- We run a schools engagement programme that helps facilitate activities such as contextualised classroom learning sessions as well as careers talks from industry
- We operate this website: icanbea - a local careers platform and digital careers fair that showcases the best opportunities the region has to offer young people
Read on to find out more about the work we do, and how we could help you!
The Trust was founded in 2008 by Yvonne Mason following the sale of her very successful marine operations business. Yvonne is also Managing Director of SafeSTS and Future Marine Services Ltd which provide marine consultancy and support services across the energy sector.
A registered charity, the Mason Trust comprises a further 5 trustees plus an operations team of 3 to facilitate our work. Between us, we have a wealth of experience in the worlds of business and youth work; it is this combination of expertise that we want to use to help as many young people as possible in Norfolk and Suffolk to achieve their aspirations.
If you have an ambition or idea that you are looking to get off the ground or are looking to organise a trip and require some assistance with funding then we may be able to help.
When applying for funding, tell us about how you will benefit from the experience and make use of it in the future, and show us your project plan and timescales for the idea. We also need to see a breakdown of associated costs and are very interested in details of any fundraising you're involved in - including the amounts raised (or expect to raise). Try to include as much supporting information in relation to your idea, ambition or trip as you can so we can see your vision!
Our trustees meet four times a year to consider applications, so you'll need to ensure that your application reaches us by the appropriate date. Applications received after the deadline will be put forward to the next scheduled meeting so if you have a specific date you are working towards for receipt of funding, you should allow enough plenty of time for your application to be considered to meet your target date. This information will need to be included within your application. We're unable to consider applications outside of the normal meeting schedule - so make sure you check the latest dates on our website.
So why not start thinking about how we could help with your future and get in touch? Good luck!
Schools and colleges engagement
Many young people are unaware of the amazing career opportunities that are available to them here in our region, so uur aim is to forge closer links between education and industry to empower young people to make informed choices about their futures.
We can provide contextualised learning sessions in the classroom which encourages students to think about STEM related careers. The Mason Trust is committed to funding sessions each year which are delivered by various providers including Camouflaged Learning and The Smallpeice Trust. (Teachers - if you are interested in holding one of these sessions at your school please apply by email detailing why you think your school would benefit from a session, which student groups you would offer them to together with any other relevant information. We will contact you to let you know if your request has been successful.)
We can faciliate industry experiences for students, such as industry exhibitions and individual company information and / or bring industry speakers into school and colleges to speak with students about the opportunities available within their sector.
If you think that The Mason Trust can help your school please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We also run icanbea… demonstrations, assemblies and workshops for your students.
icanbea... is this website - offering young people an insight into Norfolk and Suffolk's most successful organisations, showing how they fit into our growing economy and highlighting the career and training opportunities on offer.
The project is a collaboration between The Mason Trust and Suffolk County Council and is free to use for schools, organisations and young people here at http://www.icanbea.org.uk running on desktop, laptop and mobile devices with an internet connection. A dedicated icanbea... app is also available from the both Apple App Store and Google Play.
We often take icanbea... information to young people in schools, colleges, youth organisations and careers fairs across both counties, as well as running workshops on how to best use the site and its resources when thinking about careers.
If you'd like us to come and talk about icanbea... to a group of young people, just get in touch at email@example.com
Find out more
Form more information about our work and how we could help you in any of the ways described above, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
Don't forget to follow us here on icanbea... for the latest news and updates.