A new fund of up to £6 million over 2 years to help voluntary organisations increase the number of young people aged 10 to 20 taking part in social action, has been launched by Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society today.
The independent Campaign for Youth Social Action (Step Up To Serve), led by HRH The Prince of Wales says that youth social action is ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others, of double benefit to young people and to society’. The campaign’s interim report ‘In the Service of Others’ (PDF), which the government endorsed, showed that of the 8.4 million young people in the UK, only 29% are currently engaged in youth social action.
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said:
We want to create a social action journey that every young person can easily get involved with and feel valued, hone their skills, make new friends and ultimately benefit their community.
The Youth Social Action Journey Fund will support organisations to make this journey a reality by increasing the number of quality social action opportunities for young people aged 10 to 20, embedding NCS into this journey and improving the handover from one social action opportunity to the next.
Since 2011 NCS has worked with over 65,000 young people and it is growing so it can be available to all 16 and 17 year olds to support the important transition to adulthood.
Bids are invited from charities, social enterprises and for profit businesses already delivering high quality youth social action in England.
Deadline for applications is midnight 17 November 2013.