Government gives £10m to youth groups

Communities department has announced funding for umbrella body Youth United

Beaver scouts
Beaver scouts

The Communities and Local Government department will give £10m to the umbrella body Youth United to fund the recruitment and training of 2,700 new volunteers at groups including Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys’ Brigade and St John Ambulance.

The money is expected to allow the organisations to set up 400 new youth groups, which could be joined by 10,000 young people, over the next two and a half years.

Youth United, set up by the Prince of Wales and supported by his charitable foundation, is a group of major youth volunteering organisations including the Scouts, St John Ambulance and various cadet groups. It will distribute the funding to its member groups in regions set out by the department (see below).

In a statement, the CLG said the funding would be targeted at areas of England "where historically there have been limited opportunities" to take part in the youth groups, including Bradford, Rochdale, Middlesbrough and Tower Hamlets in London.

It said the cash would be used as start-up money to set up the 400 new branches, and that once established, they should be funded through subscriptions and fundraising activities.

The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said in the statement: "Scouts, guides and the cadets have a tremendously proud and successful history of giving young people the kind of fun, life skills and experiences they can’t get anywhere else.

"They rely on the goodwill and dedication of trained adult volunteers to provide this community service, which brings young people of all backgrounds and beliefs together. Every young person in the country should have the chance to participate if they want to."

The funding will be given to Youth United’s members, which are:

Air Cadets

Army Cadets

Boys’ Brigade

Fire Cadets

Girlguiding UK

Girls’ Brigade

Sea Cadets

The Scout Association

St John Ambulance

Volunteer Police Cadets.


The money will be spent in 15 areas:











Tower Hamlets

Broadwater Farm Estate (Tottenham, north London)


Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent)

Redcar (Redcar and Cleveland).

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

Forthcoming Events

Preparing Charity Accounts

  • Thu 6 Nov 2014
  • London

Pensions update and auto-enrolment

  • Wed 12 Nov 2014
  • London

Locality '14 Convention

  • Mon 17 Nov 2014 - Tue 18 Nov 2014
  • Cardiff
RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners


Expert Hub

Advice on risk from a specialist insurer

How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing