£ 40m pot set to boost lives of kids in need

Solihull News - - NEWS -

YOUTH clubs and youth sup­port ser­vices in the West Mid­lands are set to re­ceive a slice of £ 40 mil­lion in Gov­ern­ment and lot­tery fund­ing aimed at help­ing over 300,000 dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren across the coun­try.

The Youth In­vest­ment Fund will be shared be­tween 86 youth trusts across six ar­eas in Eng­land, to help young peo­ple gain con­fi­dence and work skills.

Youth or­gan­i­sa­tions in East Lon­don, Liver­pool City Re­gion, the West Mid­lands, Tees Val­ley and Sunderland, Bris­tol and Som­er­set and Eastern Coun­ties will re­ceive the money over the next three years.

This new money will also be used to cre­ate new youth clubs in ru­ral ar­eas and to ex­pand sports projects to get young peo­ple ac­tive, a spokes­woman for the Min­istry for Sport and Civil So­ci­ety said.

Min­is­ter for Civil So­ci­ety Tracey Crouch said: “This in­vest­ment from the Gov­ern­ment and Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers will have a trans­for­ma­tional ef­fect on the lives of some of our most dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple.

“It will help thou­sands who might oth­er­wise have gone un­der the radar flour­ish.

“Lo­cal vol­un­tary and com­mu­nity youth or­gan­i­sa­tions al­ready do so much fan­tas­tic work and this £ 40 mil­lion will en­rich the lives of many more young peo­ple through­out Eng­land.”

Re­search pub­lished by Uni­son, the public ser­vices trade union, re­vealed that youth ser­vices lost at least £ 60 mil­lion in fund­ing be­tween 2012 and 2014 and over 2,000 jobs were lost.

Based on an FoI re­quest to 188 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, it found that in the same pe­riod 350 youth cen­tres closed and 41,000 youth ser­vices places for young peo­ple were cut.

Dawn Aust­wick, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Big Lot­tery Fund, said: “The Youth In­vest­ment Fund is a wel­come boost for the many great com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions that work with young peo­ple lo­cally.

“Money raised by Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to build on their tal­ents and strengths and the Youth In­vest­ment Fund is an im­por­tant part of the jig­saw for the youth sec­tor.”

Min­is­ter for Civil So­ci­ety Tracey Crouch

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