Government announces funding for youth projects and expansion of #iwill Fund

Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced on October 25th.

The investment includes up to £7 million for a Youth Accelerator Fund that will expand existing successful projects, and address urgent needs in the youth sector by delivering extra sessions in youth clubs, and promoting positive activities in sport and the arts to help young people develop skills and contribute to their communities. Young people will play a key role in decisions over funding allocation by working directly with policy makers to ensure activities properly meet their needs.

A further £5 million of Government funding will also be invested in the #iwill Fund to encourage 10 to 20 year olds to take part in social action, such as volunteering in their communities by funding groups delivering these programmes. Jointly funded by Government and the National Lottery Community Fund, the #iwill Fund has created over 500,000 opportunities for young people since it was launched in 2016.

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The Young Trustees Movement – Will you pledge?

The Young Trustees Movement, supported the Blagrave Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Co-op Foundation, Zing and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has launched. They aim to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024 in England and Wales. More detail here.

Nesta Funding Opportunity

We’re excited to announce that the EdTech Innovation Testbed, in partnership with the Department for Education, has launched! Are you working with a school or college that could benefit? Or can you help us reach the schools and colleges that could benefit from this opportunity the most? Applications are open to schools and colleges from now until 25th November.  Apply here.

British Youth Council launch Work Experience toolkit

In 2018 the Youth Select Committee on Work Experience, facilitated by the British Youth Council, conducted an inquiry into the quality and access of work experience provisions. Following the inquiry, the committee created a report on their findings which included a recommendation to the Government to support businesses in providing quality placements to students.

In 2019, the British Youth Council created the Work Experience Action Group, a focus group aimed at putting action to this recommendation. The group, made up of 6 young people aged 16-25, have been working over the last 6 months to develop a toolkit aimed at helping Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The toolkit, now in it’s final stages, aims to equip SMEs with the knowledge to offer quality and accessible work experience to young people across the UK. Find it here.

Grow Wild launch ‘Metal or Mushroom?’

Grow Wild is asking people across the country if they can tell the difference between heavy metal bands and species of fungus. Fungi are the unsung heroes of the natural world, with amazing properties harnessed for everything from food, to medicine to building materials. They may even hold the secret to decontaminating soils polluted by heavy metals. We know that fungi are an essential part of the ecosystem but they could also be key in our fight to protect the planet from further human destruction. Follow #MetalOrMushroom on social media or find out more here.

Youth opportunities:

Enter the BBC Young Reporter Competition | The BBC is looking for young people aged between 11 and 18 who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them. Details here. Deadline 26th Oct.

Join the NHS Transformation Board | NHS England & Improvement are looking for four children and young people to join the Children and Young People’s Transformation Board as Youth Members to represent the voices of children and young people. Ages 13-24. This is a paid opportunity. Info here. Deadline 3rd November.

Be a Virgin Money Young Trustee | The Virgin Money Foundation, which provides money to charitable causes, is looking for two brilliant people aged between 18 and 27 to help organise their activities, develop their strategy and generally get on board. More info here. Deadline 28th October.

Environmental Apprenticeships in London | #iwill partners Canal & River trust have three apprenticeship places, lasting two years and paying £20K. More info here. Closing date 3rd November.

Join the Young Scientist Journal (run by #iwill Ambassador Mhairi) | Young Scientist Journal is looking for young people age 12-20 with an interest in any area of STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) to join as editors, artists, print publication designers & communications and creative content team members! Additional opps in Scotland. More info here – application at the bottom of the page.

Join the Global Action Plan Youth Panel | #iwill partners Global Action Plan are looking for 18-25 year olds from across the country who are passionate about the environment to join their panel. You’ll meet once a month to consult on GAP projects and campaigns – it’s also a great opportunity to network with experts in the environmental sector. More details and apply here.