Barclays Spaces for Sports in India

Barclays Spaces for Sports in India

Citizenship in India

Background

  • In India, 42% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.1

Barclays Citizenship in action

Barclays is working with CARE International UK and Plan UK to deliver the Banking on Change partnership in India, concentrating on two areas of great need – the urban slums of Delhi and rural locations in Tamil Nadu.

The partnership has reached over 31,000 poor people since 2010, helping communities to save and manage their money more effectively. In line with the government’s interest in promoting financial inclusion in the country, Banking on Change is focusing on supporting individuals to become Business Correspondents, increasing the reach and sustainability of the Self Help Group model, and is helping the government to meet targets set by the Reserve Bank of India regarding the provision of appropriate banking facilities to the population.

Through the Building Young Futures programme with UNICEF we have helped 65,000 girls and young women in the state of Maharashtra to develop entrepreneurial skills and build self-confidence through financial education and leadership training, empowering them to have prosperous and sustainable livelihoods. Almost 25,000 women have joined over 1,200 collective bank accounts, saving more than £35,000 to invest in income-generating activities. Projects took place in nine rural blocks in Chandrapur, Latur and Nandurbar; and in the slums of three wards of urban Mumbai.

Barclays Spaces for Sports and Magic Bus partner on the Street20 Cricket programme. They use street cricket to teach young people essential life skills, including teamwork, communication and decision-making. A total of 10,500 young people from marginalised communities in Mumbai and Delhi are expected to take part in the programme, empowering them to become leaders and make positive life choices in areas such as education and health. Coaches from Barclays Spaces for Sports’ UK charity partner Cricket for Change will mentor trainers, who will in turn deliver the Street20Cricket programme to 600 local youth volunteers known as ‘Community Sports Coaches’.

Barclays is partnering Room to Read to establish school libraries across Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan. These will help children gain access to culturally relevant books and support literacy. Since the partnership began in 2010, more than 8,800 children have benefited from access to enhanced educational resources.

Employee activity

Barclays employees in India are also active in the community, particularly in mentoring young people as they look for a job or start a new business.

They have delivered courses on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to support the Building Young Futures programme.

In 2011 they volunteered 987 hours of their time and supported 11 different charities.

Read case studies about employee volunteering.

Barclays Citizenship contacts

Name: Renu Vasanth Kumar
Telephone: +91 22 6719 6875
Email: renuvasanth.kumar@barclays.com

1 UNICEF, Country stats, India

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