UK Youth named as one of the recipients of Spirit of 2012’s new funds to mark women’s suffrage centenary

Spirit of 2012 today announced new development funding for two innovative projects that will empower girls and young women to change their communities for the benefit of other girls. UK Youth, alongside the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust, will use the funding to further develop our application for a full grant of up to £1.8m, working within communities to co-produce the project with girls and young women in our membership network.

The programme is being jointly funded by Spirit with the #iwill fund, contributing equally to a £2 million grant to address the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK. The other project awarded these new development funds from Spirit of 2012 is NYA.

“We are delighted to mark the centenary of female suffrage in the UK with the announcement of two new development grants, which will empower and inspire girls and young women to make social change in some of the country’s most deprived and disadvantaged areas,” said Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive. “We’re excited to see the outcomes of both projects, and look forward to working with our new partners to deliver a legacy of which the suffragists would be proud.”

With this funding we will work with our partners, the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust to create social action opportunities for disadvantaged young women and girls. The potential programme will be delivered through our network of youth organisations, which reaches over four million young people, to allow young women and girls to grow and learn through face-to-face masterclasses, covering issues on individual rights and resilience. These young people will then give back to their community and take part in the British Red Cross’ incredible volunteering opportunities, which many of them wouldn’t normally engage with.

Patrick Shaw-Brown, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth said: “Young women and girls are most vulnerable to feeling low self-worth and self-esteem in their early and final years of secondary school. By partnering with Spirit of 2012, we hope to unlock new opportunities, aspirational roles models and crucial support to enable these young girls and women to build bright futures, while providing a double benefit to their local community through social action projects. We’re extremely excited about working with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust to create a revolutionary and sustainable model that brings together the youth sector and national organisations to offer inspiring and inclusive opportunities for all young people.”

Stay tuned for more information on this project soon!

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