Our funding partners

Helm’s work with 250 young people in Dundee every year is supported through a mix of public sector commissions and contracts, a new corporate partnership, and important contributions from a range of support from trusts and foundations.

Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council

Helm is the single largest provider of alternative education in Dundee, providing 50-60 places each year on behalf of Dundee City Council for 15 year olds in their last year of statutory education. This is a really successful partnership for students for whom mainstream education is not working out, and we routinely see engagement trebling and students also gain many achievements in core skills over the course of the time they are with us, as well as growing in confidence, self-esteem and gaining useful work experience in a sector of interest. Many of our students also then either progress to college or stay on and progress through our other employability programmes into college places, apprenticeships or jobs.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

Helm is also the largest provider of employability programmes for young people in Dundee, working with on average 200 young people each year. Helm have delivered successful contracts with Skills Development Scotland since the commencement of the Employability Fund programme in Scotland. Helm supports a really wide range of students on an inclusive basis and our students achieve great progression outcomes. We benefit from the fantastic support of the employers in our community who provide a huge range of work experience placements across many sectors reflecting the breadth of our students’ interests. This allows students to develop great portfolios of experience to support college or apprenticeship applications or simply to try out different routes to assess what they really want to do next.

Corporate partnership


Helm are now the recognised Charity Partner of Tokheim, a company with a long history in Dundee and who have a strong community engagement commitment. They now employ 500 people in Dundee manufacturing petrol pumps, are part of the global Dover group, and their state of the art production facility is the most productive in Europe. One of our first collaborations has been a pilot community mentoring programme, which initially involved Tokheim releasing volunteer staff including some of their senior management team to spend time over 4 weeks training with Helm to become mentors for students who are about to leave to progress into college or work. Mentors are now about to start a six month support programme working with their first students, a pilot programme which is to be evaluated by the Community Learning Development research team at Dundee University. Tokheim also provide Helm students with work experience placements across the incredible range of professional and trade disciplines in their Dundee facility which also now provides corporate support services for the group, and a dedicated apprenticeship programme for Helm students is also in development. Tokheim are also partners in our Tay Cities Deal partnership (see below).

Tay Cities Deal

Tay Cities

Helm are delighted to now be part of the recently submitted Tay Cities Deal currently undergoing final review and approval by Scottish and U.K. Governments. Our 5 year programme which will be delivered under the inclusive growth strand is in partnership with Dundee and Angus college, Tokheim, Dundee University, and Developing the Young Workforce, with further full regional roll-out and collaboration planned after an initial design and pilot phase. The programme is designed to learn how best to effectively and sustainably re-engage disadvantaged young people in education, and its key purpose is to address entrenched social inequalities – ie. your chances of success in life should not depend on where you live. The programme will be designed with robust evaluation from the start, and a key outcome will be the development of learning in this vital area which can then be applied throughout Scotland.

Trusts and Foundations

Helm are fortunate to have the support of many trusts and foundations and without which we could not deliver the full range of support and activities all our students need to progress. Each year’s funders are detailed in our most recent annual report, and in 2015-6 we were lucky to benefit from funding from all of the following :

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  • Gannochy Trust
  • Inchtyre Trust
  • Roger Vere Foundation
  • The Trelix Charitable Trust
  • Miss M E Swinton
  • C Mary Hendry
  • Postcode Lottery
  • The MacRoberts Trust
  • Mathew Trust Release
  • Casa Stella Trust
  • Walter Craig
  • Young Starts
  • Barrack Charitable Trust
  • Alex Moncur
  • W M Sword Charitable Trust
  • Souter Charitable Trust
  • Garfield Weston Release
  • N Smith Charitable Trust
  • The St Katharine's Fund
  • Mr M L Weinstein
  • Coles-Medlock Foundation
  • Harapan Trust
  • The Crerar Trust
  • Harold Merton Adams
  • Grant Charitable Trust
  • Pauline Meredith Charitable Trust
  • RCCG
  • I.B.B. Trust
  • The William S Phillips Fund
  • Robertson Trust
  • Hugh Fraser
  • Christadelphian Samaritan Fund
  • Martin Connell Charitable Trust