Uniformed youth groups promised £5m to create 5,500 places

Charities minister Tracey Crouch today announced the Uniformed Youth Fund to help groups in deprived areas offer places to vulnerable young people in England

Scouts (Photograph: Alamy)
Scouts (Photograph: Alamy)

The government has pledged £5m of funding to create 5,500 additional places for young people in uniformed youth groups such as the Guides and the Scouts.

Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Civil Society, said today that the Uniformed Youth Fund would enable groups in deprived areas to offer places to vulnerable young people in England.

The funding, which is expected to support expansion of existing groups and the development of new ones, will also be used expand adult volunteering opportunities among these groups.

The fund will be managed by the Youth United Foundation, a membership charity consisting of 11 uniformed youth organisations, including the Boys’ Brigade, Girlguiding, the St John Ambulance, the Sea Cadets and the Scouts.

In 2015, the government gave funds totalling £1.45m to five uniformed youth charities from fines levied on banks after the Libor-rigging scandal.

Crouch said in a statement today: "Organisations like the Guides and Sea Cadets play a key role in so many childhoods. They create lasting friendships and teach important life skills such as teamwork and resilience.

"This fund strengthens our support for young people by ensuring that even more children have access to these groups and are helped to reach their full potential."

Samantha Hyde, director of the Youth United Foundation, said: "We are delighted to be able to expand our important work with children and young people living in some of the most deprived regions in the country, providing them with the opportunity to join a uniformed youth group and, as a result, gain a range of life-changing skills and experiences."

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