We've supported more than 23,000 young people in Sussex by boosting their self-belief and aspirations with the help of our amazing network of over 1,000 local business volunteers
Who we are
The Love Local Jobs Foundation is a registered Charity that was formed in March 2023 as a continuation of the work previously delivered by the LoveLocalJobs Foundation C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) which has helped to inspire over 23,000 young people in Sussex.
The C.I.C. was launched by our founders Gary and Kate Peters in 2018 with support from ambassador Harry Redknapp and other influential individuals from the local community. Since then the C.I.C. has worked with over 1,000 business volunteers from leading local employers, to help considerably raise the life and career aspirations of our next generation across Sussex.
Our new charitable status will allow us to enhance our mission of supporting and empowering local young people. We'll continue to partner with ethical employers, educational institutions, and public sector entities to provide even more opportunities for the next generation of talent in our communities. Additionally, we'll focus on delivering essential support to those who need it most. Becoming a registered Charity is a significant step towards creating a positive impact in the lives of even more young people.
We love what we do. We are the Love Local Jobs Foundation.
To create a community where every young person is inspired and empowered to become their best self
What we do
We collaborate with socially responsible companies, government bodies, academic institutions, and youth organisations to deliver transformative opportunities for local young people. We inspire and equip the next generation of talent in our communities with essential skills for the modern workforce, elevate their ambitions, and empower them to unlock their full potential in all aspects of life.
We believe that everybody, whatever their barriers, can achieve great things. Supported by amazing businesses, we will ensure that every young person we interact with has the experiences, tools, confidence and inspiration they need to realise their full potential.
Our fundraising activities support various innovative and exciting projects such as our inspirational, local celebrity led programme, Dare to Dream. The programmes give young people the tools, confidence and self-belief to realise their full potential.
We create and collaborate on innovative and inspirational programmes which align our mission and values, working within the communities we serve to help create phenomenal futures for our local next generation of talent.
The Love Local Jobs Foundation has thus far relied predominantly on the generosity of local sponsors and donors to help make these projects a reality. The investment of local philanthropy, resources and invaluable experience has helped set over 23,000 local young people onto stronger and more positive pathways. Alongside our new charitable status and a challenging time for society it is hoped that we will be able to support even more young people over the years to come.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Each programme is designed to create a brighter future for our local communities by encouraging and preparing the next generation workforce for personal and professional success.
We specifically work with young people to raise aspirations, enhance self-belief and provide employability led experiences.
We collaborate with ethical local employers from the private, public and voluntary sectors to power our programmes.
We facilitate experiences for thousands of local young people every year by working in partnership with educational institutions across the region.
We also work closely with local authorities, community organisations, youth groups and complimentary local charities.
Where we've come from
Our Chair of Trustees Gary Peters founded BrightonandHoveJobs.com in September 2010 to help signpost local people towards rewarding job opportunities and career paths with the region's leading employers. Our passion for supporting young people in particular was fueled by Gary's frustrations in his own younger years when he felt disconnected from opportunities that would enable him to discover and realise his potential.
Having expanded BrightonandHoveJobs.com into the Sussex wide platform LoveLocalJobs.com the opportunity to begin leveraging the goodwill of local businesses and influencers within the Jobs Board network to positively impact young people and support them to fulfil their untapped potential was the next logical step. After several digital projects our first in-person employability-led programme for young people was piloted in 2014 leading to the launch of the Love Local Jobs Foundation as a Community Interest Company in 2018.
Now in 2023 with our new Charitable status we are excited to continue our journey and to help even more young people to fulfil their personal and professional potential.
Launched in 2010
BHAFC sponsorship & official shirt sponsor
Outstanding achievement NORAS awards 2011
Official naming rights for the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Cricket Ground
WON Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2013 for the best contribution to the community
Launch of the employability micro-sites: BEACH, Take OFF, WOW & Pathways
WON Eurocitites award 2013
Be the Change Brighton pilot took place in 2014
Be the Change launched and delivered the first full programme in 2015; followed by a dedicated programmes in Bexhill and Leicester, Crawley, Brighton and Chichester
WON Gatwick Diamond Business Award for Responsible Business Award 2018
The LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC launched in 2018
Gary Peters awarded Business Person of the Year at the Brighton & Hove Business Award 2019
First take the Leap trip April 2019
First Dare to Dream delivery July 2019
WON NORA award for Best Regional Jobs Board in 2019
Launched LoveLocalJobs.com recruitment Solutions
WON NORA award for Best Regional Jobs Board in 2020
#LLJLockdown goes live during the Covid19 pandemic
We begin delivery on our first ever fully remote programme
Hybrid programme delivery evolves as lockdown eases
WON UK Business Hero 2020 for digital & virtual support
New enhanced Dare to Dream programme launches in 2021
WON Community Champion at Sussex Chamber Awards 2022
Love Local Jobs Foundation becomes a registered Charity!