Young volunteers are to receive a boost with nearly £900,000 being invested in three youth social action organisations.
Continuing our partnership with the #iwill Fund, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Derby County Community Trust and Football Beyond Borders are all receiving around £300,000 to continue their good work.
All three projects received National Lottery awards from our Potentials Fund in 2017, aimed at young people aged 10-20 who want to give their time to use sport and physical activity as a tool to help others as well as themselves.
These further awards come via the #iwill Fund, which is made possible thanks to a £50 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
“We’ve already seen from our Potentials Fund the positive impact that social action, sport and physical activity can have on the outcomes for young people – from increased confidence and resilience to reporting improvements in levels of happiness and life satisfaction,” said Kristen Natale, our head of volunteering.
“These projects have also empowered young people to have a voice and make a difference to causes they care about in their local area.
“These awards are an exciting next stage in our partnership with the #iwill Fund, and together we are looking forward to building on the success of these projects to enable even more young people across England to experience the benefits of youth social action.”
The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign - a collective effort involving 800 partners from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people by recognising the benefit for both them and their communities.