A year ago we announced 32 funding awards that we hoped would change the face of volunteering in England.
One year on, as part of #iwillWeek, we thought it a good time to check in on some of these projects so see what impact our funding and their work has made.
Of the 32 awards made, 16 were from our Potentials Fund, which is designed to help 10-20-year-olds get involved in volunteering.
#iwillWeek celebrates the best of young volunteers through their youth social action, so we’re going to focus on the 16 projects that received a total of more than £2.1 million between them.
Funded projects included Girlguiding North West England, who have provided Young Leader members with the skills to deliver training sessions to other members about the benefits of sport-related volunteering in their local community.
Football Beyond Borders were another to receive National Lottery funding to enable them to use football as an engagement tool to support young people from low income backgrounds to re-engage with learning.
While Oxford-based group Student Hubs were given their award to place 440 university students, with little or no volunteering experience, into youth social action opportunities.
With the announcement of two more projects earlier this week, we’re going to take a deeper look at a few of last year’s award recipients and hear from those at the heart of the action.