Government announces £4 million boost towards opportunities for young people
Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 11:44
Minister for Civil Society and Youth Baroness Barran has today announced that the Government will invest an additional £2 million into the #iwill Fund, which will be matched by The National Lottery Community Fund to create thousands of new volunteering, social action and community activities for young people.
Since its launch in 2016, the #iwill Fund has used a £54 million joint investment between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, in collaboration with over thirty funders, to create more than 650,000 engaging opportunities for young people led by hundreds of programmes across the country, with a particular focus on benefiting those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
For example, thanks to the #iwill Fund:
- UK Youth, British Red Cross and Young Women's Trust are delivering a programme called EmpowHER, which is enabling girls and young women to change their communities, increase their self-esteem and supporting their wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities. For example, students from a small rural primary school near Stroud sold cards and cakes to support the British Red Cross' Independent Living 'First Call' service.
- Young Minds in Haringey, London are delivering a new and contemporary approach to increasing social action amongst boys aged 10-14 from black and minority ethnic communities, with 'Action to Achieve'. Year 7 pupils across five school 'hubs' are being trained and supported by teachers to deliver after-school and lunchtime social action projects within the local community.
- Leonard Cheshire Disability is empowering young disabled people with their 'Can Do Sport' project, enabling them to be a catalyst for change in their local community by harnessing the potential sport has to make positive changes through physical activity, upskilling, and social action. The project specifically targets a younger age group, under-represented in social action, where they've identified a need for earlier intervention.
The announcement was made by Baroness Barran during a series of visits to mark International Youth Day, underlining the Government's continued support for young people.
The Minister visited Urban Foxes, a project by Leicester City's charitable arm Leicester City in the Community, which engages young people through a range of urban sports such as skateboarding, parkour and BMX, and has seen strong interest so far, with the prospect to grow following the successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The project is offered by Premier League, who have match-funded £1.5 million into the #iwill Fund.