PRESS RELEASE 07/09/2017
Young Bristol, a leading Bristol based Youth Charity who celebrate their 90th Anniversary in 2018 are amongst 86 other youth organisations who will benefit from a £40 million boost to improve the skills and life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas across the country, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced this week.
The Youth Investment Fund – made up of government and National Lottery players money from the from the Big Lottery Fund – is set to benefit young people through providing new opportunities for them to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace over the next three years.
Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch, said: “This investment from the government and National Lottery players will have a transformational effect on the lives of young people. It will help thousands who might otherwise have gone under the radar flourish. Local voluntary and community youth organisations already do so much fantastic work and this £40 million will enrich the lives of many more young people throughout England.”
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund said: “The Youth Investment Fund is a welcome boost for the many great community organisations that work with young people locally. Money raised by National Lottery players creates opportunities for young people to build on their talents and strengths and the Youth Investment Fund is an important part of the jigsaw for the youth sector.”
Lee Williams, Chief Executive of Young Bristol said: “Our aim with this much needed funding over the next three years is to both sustain and expand existing delivery of high quality, open access youth services in six of the communities we work in across the city. We are really excited by the opportunities this funding brings for young people, families and local communities, especially as we enter our 90th year in 2018 of delivering youth services in Bristol.”