UK Youth awarded share of £1.2m from the Cabinet Office and Pears Foundation
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson has announced that leading national charity, UK Youth, has been awarded a share of £1.2m from the Cabinet Office and (the) Pears Foundation as part of the Youth Social Action Fund.
The National Youth Social Action Fund, jointly run with (the) Pears Foundation, is committed to helping young people in deprived or rural areas to get involved in social action. The funding will go towards developing social action opportunities for over 20,000 young people across England and will provide them with an opportunity to learn from these activities and share good practice.
UK Youth have played a key role in championing the need to make social action opportunities more accessible to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding will strengthen ongoing efforts to broaden the opportunities available and remove barriers to participation. Funding will be used to deliver a new initiative working with young people from five rural or deprived communities dispersed across the North East, North West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, and South West of England.
The UK Youth programme will provide a springboard into social action for 12-20 year olds who would be unlikely to participate without additional encouragement or support; bringing them together through exciting open access activities, delivering relevant skills training through non formal learning programmes, and empowering them to become Social Action Ambassadors to deliver social action projects in their local communities.