In 2014, government provided £10 million in Libor funds to create new units for uniformed youth groups, through Youth United Foundation. The Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund was created to support the Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign.
The fund was split into two. Both Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 1 and 2 had the same aim to encourage young people living in disadvantaged areas or hard to reach communities to get involved in social action by joining a uniformed group.
Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 1 aimed to increase the number of social action opportunities available to young people through Uniformed Youth Groups by providing funding for 14 social action-oriented Uniformed Youth Groups to open new local groups and create sustainable places for young people.
The evaluation of Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 1 explores the impact of youth social action on those individuals that the activities aimed to benefit.
Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 2 encouraged Uniformed Youth Groups to pilot new and innovative ways of engaging those young people who may ordinarily struggle to participate in youth social action or Uniformed Youth Groups.
The Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund 2 report looks at key findings derived from case studies across five Uniformed Youth Organisations. The case studies included consultations with the Project Manager and staff responsible for designing and running each pilot, the adult volunteers running local groups, and children and young people attending the groups.