Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund.
Locally the Community Foundation for Calderdale a local charity, are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.
The #iwill campaign aims to increase participation in youth social action by 50% by 2020. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.
Local Community Interest Company Inspiring Community CIC has been awarded £4,400 to work with young people in their environment e.g. parks, bus shelters or on the street.
Inspiring Community is delighted to be awarded this money for us to be able to work with young people who don’t usually access provision. The project is about raising young people’s self-esteem accrediting them through the AQA unit awards for the work they do with those and signposting them into volunteering within their community.
Emma Woods-Bolger Assistant Director at the Community Foundation for Calderdale said “The project is already supporting young people with three of the participants recently completed their first volunteering project at Ward Court Retirement Housing Complex, Abbi, Mackenzie and Aimee did a great job of preparing food and serving the tenants pie and pea tea and pudding followed by a quiz”.
The young people did a fantastic job serving 20 tenants the oldest been Mrs Nellie Berry 102 years old and the first tenant at Ward court 32 years ago who said: “they did a good job and we all enjoyed it and we would like them back again”.
At the start of the evening Abbie said she was “very nervous” but by the end of serving the tenants she said, “they were lovely”.
The court manager at Ward court housing and care 21 said “the young people were a credit to themselves “and we would welcome the young people from Inspiring community anytime.