£800,000 Package Announced For Youth Helpers
Grants worth £800,000 to encourage more young people to become volunteers were announced by Welsh social justice minister Brian Gibbons yesterday.
The minister announced the funding at a Russell Commission event on Youth Volunteering In Wales, a workshop aimed at highlighting the range and quality of activities for which young people can choose to volunteer.
Dr Gibbons said: “The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to supporting young people’s involvement in communities.
“The grant package I have announced today will help organisations provide significant opportunities that challenge young people, meet their aspirations and add value to their communities.
“Without volunteers many public services and activities we take for granted within our communities would not exist.
“Schools, hospitals as well as youth clubs, scouts, guides and sports clubs all rely on volunteers to function.”
The package of grants included £300,000 to support the employment of 22 youth volunteer advisors and £180,000 continued funding via Millennium Volunteers, an organisation which encourages 16-25 year olds to volunteer.
It also includes £20,000 for Prince’s Trust development awards and £130,000 to encourage youth volunteering in disadvantaged and minority communities.