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17 November 2015

Tuesday 17 November 2015

The crisis currently faced by the children and young people sector has prompted the development of this new funder initiative.

The Young People’s Foundations will support voluntary sector organisations working with children and young people during a time when they face severe funding cuts but need for their services has dramatically increased.  

Developed in collaboration with local voluntary sector groups, local authorities, faith groups, housing associations and other funders, each Foundation will have its own Trustee board and steering group comprising a wide range of representatives. Organisations involved include BANG Edutainment and City Bridge Trust.

Three separate Foundations have been set up: the Young Barnet Foundation, the Young Brent Foundation and the Young Harrow Foundation. 

Membership organisations are open to any group that works with children and young people in the relevant borough.

Phil Walters, our Head of Membership Development commented:

“As a pan-London membership body for the capital we know how challenging it is for youth organisations to continue delivering essential services when funding cuts remain on the rise.

“That’s why we’re pleased to see the Young People’s Foundations stepping forward to show support for those children and youth organisations delivering high quality provision. We are working hard with our members, funders and young people to ensure positive investment within such work continues.

“London Youth is a partner for all three foundations: Brent, Harrow & Barnet. I’m also a trustee for the Young Brent Foundation. Our hope is to be able to bring more resource and support to youth provision so that the young people in these outer boroughs have the best possible opportunities to be the best they can be.”

The Foundations will focus on the following four key areas:

  • Providing a strong fundraising vehicle to attract new money from external funds and commissions from the local authority
  • Providing a ‘Venue Bank’ for groups to share and access available sites to run their projects
  • Distributing a Small Grant Fund
  • Organising sector specific capacity building including training events, advice sessions and a forum for organisations to share ideas and best practice

Susan Whiddington, Chairman of John Lyon’s Charity, discusses the issues with the voluntary sector and overall benefit of the Young People’s Foundation:

“Our experience in Barnet, Brent and Harrow has revealed that organisations working in the CYP sector are facing multiple issues including severe funding cuts, a change in user demographics as younger, poorer families move from inner to outer London, a lack of voluntary sector infrastructure and a lack of community spaces. 

“The Young People’s Foundations will help unite a traditionally fragmented and diverse sector giving it a louder and more prominent voice and a more sustainable future.” 

Since 1992 John Lyon’s Charity has distributed over £78 million to a large range of services including youth clubs, arts projects, emotional wellbeing initiatives, childcare and parental support schemes, sports programmes and bursaries.