A WINSFORD charity has been awarded more than £137,000 to help young people get involved in “something positive” in their communities.
Youth volunteering charity, v , gave Wincap (Winsford Community Action Project) the grant to encourage people aged 16 to 25 to take part in voluntary work.
The programme aims to provide high quality opportunities for young people and provide encouragement, support and complimentary to enable them to participate in or lead new voluntary projects.
The group’s chairwoman, Jill McQuaid, is hoping the cash boost will give volunteers “something positive in their lives and a new outlook on their future”.
She said: “ The funding will enable us to work positively with young people in the community and encourage community spirit, involving local government, local businesses and community and voluntary organisations.
“Building the capacity of young volunteers will also take them away from the negative aspects in their communities and have the knock-on effect of decreasing the levels of anti-social behaviour taking place, giving the local community a more positive view of young people.”
Terry Ryall, chief executive of v, added: “We are delighted to be able to fund this innovative and youth-led project, which will enable young people to get positively involved in Winsford. Š
“Young people are at the heart of this new programme which aims to put them at the centre of our communities. We are giving them the chance to become a positive force for change.”
The project is one of 152Šnationwide backed by £75m funding, to inspire half a million more young people to volunteer in England.