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New funding announced to increase government support for youth social action

Rob Wilson has announced a new £1 million Youth Social Action Fund to encourage youth participation in social action.


The £1 million Youth Social Action Fund fund will address gaps in participation that the Ipsos Mori Youth Social Action Survey identified last year.

The survey showed a lower participation rate of young people from lower-socio economic groups. Part of the new fund will therefore be for organisations that can work with young people in more deprived areas of the country.

The survey also showed that only 25% of young people in the East of England took part in meaningful social action compared with a 40% national average participation rate. The other part of the fund will help organisations to increase youth social action opportunities in the East of England.

More details of how to apply for the fund will be announced soon.

The minister announced this new funding on 13 July at a ‘Youth Social Action Matters’ event in the Houses of Parliament. Find out more about the Step Up To Serve event.

Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society said:

As part of the government’s commitment to building a truly compassionate society, this additional £1 million will tackle the challenges facing disadvantaged young people and help embed social action in young people’s lives.

Published 14 July 2015