London Ambulance Service among recipients of final Centre for Social Action grants

The centre has now given £40m to 185 projects that encourage volunteering and support social action

London Ambulance Service
London Ambulance Service

The London Ambulance Service and an organisation that sets up after-school clubs teaching computer coding are among recipients of the final grants totalling £5.2m made by the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action.

The Centre for Social Action was announced in February 2013 and has now given £40m to 185 projects that encourage volunteering and support social action.

The 34 recipients of the final round of grants were announced this week. Among these is £475,000 to expand Code Club, which aims to operate in 50 per cent of primary schools in England and Wales by 2018. The organisation describes itself on its website as a not-for-profit organisation, but is not a registered charity.

The London Ambulance Service has been given £120,000 towards the development of an app that will alert trained first aiders who are near the site of a reported cardiac arrest, and who might be able to attend before an ambulance arrives.

The charity IntoUniversity, which provides volunteer mentors and tutors for young people in challenging inner-city areas, has been given £462,000 to expand into Bristol, Leeds and Southampton.

Eleven of the projects – including the London Ambulance Service and Code Club – are receiving their support through the Innovation Fund, which makes up about a third of the value of the Centre for Social Action and is operated by the innovation support charity Nesta.

The centre also includes the Carers Social Action Fund, the Community Organisers Social Action Fund, the End of Life Care Fund and the Youth Accelerated Scaling Fund. Other charities named as recipients of the final grants include Parkinson’s UK, Sue Ryder, Age UK Buckinghamshire, British Red Cross Shropshire and Diabetes UK.

A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said: "These awards through the Centre for Social Action will run through 2015 and in some cases into 2016. The Cabinet Office and its partners will be working closely with the grantee organisations to provide support over this period, including on the evidence and impact evaluation of the programmes.

"The Cabinet Office will also be exploring how to take forward the centre's innovative approach to social action and grant-giving, both in future programmes through the Centre for Social Action and the wider work of the Office for Civil Society."

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