What is the #iwill fund?
The #iwill campaign is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and the Office for Civil Society. Its purpose to engage young people all over the country in positive social action and volunteering. With this comes a myriad of benefits for the young people and the communities around them.
The UKCF network
This fund is a national one and to date the impact of the fund has been huge. 1,156 projects have been funded, engaging 127,645 beneficiaries.
Groups supported by BCF
Grants this year were made to Aik Saath, Me2Club, Mustard Tree/Starting Point and The Wayz youth club in Bracknell Forest.
The group provided young people with the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of older people, people with disabilities/mental health challenges and Slough residents more widely, by providing a free gardening service for those that have lost control of their gardens.
The aim of this green transformation was to will brighten the residents’ lives and reduce neighbourhood conflict. The emphasis was to provide some order by cutting back lawns and hedges that had become ‘out of control’.
The group was delighted to learn that they had been nominated for the Environmentalist award at the Slough Youth Awards. They were selected as runner up.
Proud runners up in the 'environmental category' at #SloughYouthAwards – for Garden Rescue, our @berkshirecf funded #iwill social action project. Well done team! #togetherasone pic.twitter.com/gu5RK0LbBO
— Aik Saath (@AikSaath) November 8, 2018
A huge congratulations from us on this achievement!
The Mustard Tree Foundation
The Mustard Tree foundation was awarded an #iwill grant for their Starting Point project. Starting Point works with NEETs, young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training.
The #iwill grant helped 13 young people get engage in a volunteering opportunity, they are in the process of setting up 3 more. The volunteering opportunities included working in charity shops, food banks and community cafes, admin roles and community journalism. The greatest difference observed and communicated by the young people was an increase in self-belief and confidence in their ability along with a decrease in loneliness and social isolation.
Of the 13 young people who volunteered:
- 4 have entered employment
- 3 have entered into education
- 6 are still volunteering.
Last week we received this fabulous video from them. We love to hear from beneficiaries to learn how a grant has changed their life.