Scouts awarded government grant for grassroots social action
The Scout Association is celebrating being one of five youth organisations that will receive new funding from a £10 million grant fund to promote innovative grassroots social action.
The second round of the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund grants, administered by Youth United Foundation, has been funded by the Cabinet Office from LIBOR fines raised from banks for misdemeanours and attempted manipulation of financial markets.
Chancellor George Osborne said: ‘I am ensuring that all proceeds from Libor fines go from the few who have demonstrated the worst values to those who embody the best of British values. That’s why I’m proud to be donating £10m to support uniformed young volunteers who are already making a difference in their communities.’
UK Youth Commissioner Hannah Kentish said she’s excited about the difference the funding will make to would-be Scouts. 'It's really exciting that Scouting is receiving this funding to change the lives of even more young people from many different walks of life.
With this funding, we will be able to work with young people who, without the experience of Scouting, may never have the opportunity to get involved with learning and developing skills outside of the classroom.’
One of the winning innovative projects included piloting new approaches to encourage young people with additional needs to become Scouts. The Scout Association will work with SCOPE, who strive to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
SCOPE will help the Scout Movement adapt existing programmes, train volunteers and look for ways to break down barriers for those young people with additional needs to participate in in programmes offered by uniformed youth organisations. By the end of the pilot the aim is to have a support pack that can be used in Scout groups across the UK.
All of the projects specifically focus on getting young people involved in social action. This supports the #iwill campaign, which seeks to increase the number of young people involved in social action by 50% by 2020.
Last year, 14 organisations received funding to increase social action opportunities for young people in deprived areas across the country. This final round of funding totalling £1.45 million specifically focuses on innovative ideas from uniformed youth organisations to reach young people living in disadvantaged areas or hard to reach communities.
Other grant winners are:
- The Boys’ Brigade
- Volunteer Police Cadets
- Woodcraft Folk
- Marine Society & Sea Cadets