Hundreds more youngsters to get help from National Express Foundation
The National Express Foundation, set up to help disadvantaged young people across the region, has announced which community groups will receive its funding this year.
The Foundation will support projects including the development of a new youth hub, a community safety campaign and the recruitment of a young volunteering squad.
In this wave of charitable awards the Foundation will provide £20,000 to assist the six community groups in providing positive activities for local youngsters.
Two Black Country groups will receive a combined £7,500, with Olio Youth Hub using their funding to equip their new club building and clear land to provide a play area. Changing Our Lives will be using the money to provide workshops on safety to local young people.
They will join three community groups from Birmingham receiving a combined £10,000. Balsall Heath Children Action Team Support will create a youth group designed to bring together both disabled and able bodies youngsters, the Disability Resource Centre will provide 40 new disability awareness workshops and Sport4Life will extend their existing good work to deliver 120 news sports sessions in Washwood Heath.
While Coventry Voluntary Action will recruit a team of young people to support voluntary groups across the city, who receive training and a qualification.
Trustees of the Foundation including Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood will announce funding for bursaries in partnership with local educational institutions in August.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the Foundation, said:
"This funding will make a big difference to local community groups who are working hard to provide positive activities for young people. These groups were chosen because the work they will be able to do as a result of the funding will have a big impact in their community. I look forward to seeing these projects in action and hope the funding will make a real difference."
Sandra Adams from Olio Youth Hub said:
"This funding will turn fly-tipped derelict land into a community garden. The garden will be created by young people for young people; they will have total control over what to grow and what equipment to install."
The National Express Foundation was launched in May 2012 and is a registered charity (No. 1148231). The next award programme will be opened to applications in 2014.
Full details of West Midlands-based community groups and funding received is below:
Balsall Heath Children Action Team Support (CATS) £2,500
Changing Our Lives, West Bromwich £2,500
Disability Resource Centre, Birmingham £5,000
Olio Youth Hub, Darlaston £5,000
Sport4Life, Birmingham £2,500
Voluntary Action Coventry £2,500