Forty-one organisations will share £11m to encourage social action among young

The National Citizen Service, BeatBullying and vInspired are among the recipients of funding from either the Youth Social Action Fund or the Youth Social Action Journey Fund

Young volunteers in Pembrokeshire
Young volunteers in Pembrokeshire

The government has announced that 41 voluntary and community sector organisations will share £11m of funding to encourage young people to help others through volunteering and other forms of social action.

The money will come from the Youth Social Action Fund, which is worth £5m over two years, and the £6m Youth Social Action Journey Fund, which both opened to applications last year.  

Organisations with social action programmes in Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Lancashire and Kent will receive grants from the Youth Social Action Fund, which was funded by £4m from the Cabinet Office and £1m from the Education Endowment Foundation

Innovative new programmes or small local projects will receive up to £75,000 and existing organisations with a proven track record have been awarded funding in excess of £75,000.

BeatBullying and the volunteering charity vInspired have been awarded a total of £125,000 to develop a common system for recording and rewarding social action activity so that it is recognised in business and education. 

The Cabinet Office defines social action as activity that benefits others, communities or society, to bring about change. It can include volunteering, giving time and money, or helping people.

Money from the Youth Social Action Journey Fund has been awarded to 11 organisations so they can provide more social action opportunities to young people.

The fund, announced in October, will provide £6m over two years and will contribute to the National Citizen Service by providing more opportunities for young people to get involved in social action.

The NCS is a voluntary programme that enables 16 and 17-year-old school leavers to take part in residential activities and community projects. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said last summer that the scheme would be expanded to 150,000 places by 2016.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "We want to make sure that young people develop the skills, values and confidence they need as they move into adulthood.

"Central to this is the NCS, which unites young people from different backgrounds and challenges them to bring about positive change in their neighbourhoods. It has the power to create a generation of 'work-ready’, well-rounded young people with raised aspirations and greater opportunities in their future."

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