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.
These projects have empowered young people to have a voice and make a difference
Sport England, head of volunteering
As part of #iwill week in 2018 we caught up with some of the projects benefiting from our Potentials Fund to see the impact they were having.
And the National Lottery Community Fund has continued to back the good work they are doing with these new investments.
“We're delighted to be continuing our work with the Potentials Fund as part of the #iwill Fund," said The National Lottery Community Fund's head of #iwill Fund, Helen Whyman.
"Through this partnership we get to see young people thrive through sport, and really take the lead in their communities.”
Derby County Community Trust
Programme – Winning Minds
Investment – £300,000
The Derby County Community Trust works with the people of Derbyshire to raise hopes and aspirations, and improve their lives via a diverse range of programmes.
Winning Minds engages young people aged 11-21 from Derby and neighbouring areas, who are currently experiencing poor mental health, through a leadership programme designed to empower individuals and develop their personal skills.
This new investment will allow the project to expand across Derby and beyond, giving more young people the chance to improve their mental health through social action and sport.
Football Beyond Borders
Programme – FBB Girls Programme
Investment – £298,686
Football Beyond Borders uses the beautiful game to educate and inspire young people to re-engage with learning.
This investment will allow the organisation to engage 800 girls in youth social action and football over the next three years, using their Girls programme.
The Girls project empowers older female students – often aged 15 to 17 – to act as mentors and role models to younger pupils as they take on a programme of weekly two-hour sessions divided between the classroom and the football pitch.
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
Programme – Nottingham Sport for Good
Investment – £286,620
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation aims to use sport as a tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
Their project in Nottingham involves a unique coalition of partners to recruit and train students from the city’s two universities as young leaders. They then go into local primary schools in underprivileged areas to deliver sport and physical activity sessions and help young people develop their own social action projects.
The aim is to teach life skills through sport and physical activity to help pupils with the transition from primary to secondary school.