VAL Youth Volunteering Project celebrates after receiving £10,000 in National Lottery funding

Voluntary Action Leicestershire based in Leicester is celebrating today after being awarded £10,000 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The VAL Volunteering Youth Panel has been created to support youth volunteering and the opportunities available in Leicestershire.

This new National Lottery funding will will work with a small number of Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs) and some young people aged 16-24 to look at some of the barriers to involving younger people as volunteers and how we can work together locally to overcome them. Over the next year, we will work with local partners to scope out how we can increase the number of VIOs working with younger volunteers and increase the number of young people aged 16-24 getting involved in volunteering with local projects.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.

Dave Cliffe, Team Lead said:

“Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant is a chance for us to introduce volunteering to young people and get them ready for the next part of their journey towards employment, making a difference to our local communities along the way. This will make a big difference to people’s lives.”

During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.

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