When Paul Thompson died of a sudden cardiac event, his wife and friend created a named fund in his memory that is used to fund life-saving defibrillators.
The Youth Social Action Fund is open for grants between £1,000 and £5,000 that will promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 25. This fund is part of a wider multi-agency #iwill campaign.
Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. The aim of this fund is to raise the level and quality of youth social action by 50% by 2020, taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. These activities develop the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
For the purposes of this funding, the definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2 million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.