Hundreds more youngsters get help from the 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 summer workshop to help tackle anti-social behaviour, fund an after school club and create a community cohesion hub.
In this wave of charitable awards the Foundation will provide £20,000 to assist the seven community groups across the West Midlands in providing positive activities for local youngsters.
Four groups from Birmingham will receive a combined £12,500, with Balsall Heath CATS using their funding to continue a disabled youth club, Urban Devotion Birmingham running after school clubs in Kingstanding, and Sutton Coldfield YMCA creating a community cohesion hub. Alongside these community groups the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has received funding to run music composition workshops for talented youngsters who would otherwise not have access to tuition.
They will be joined by two community groups from the Black Country receiving a combined £5,000. Olio Youth Hub, a recipient of funding last year, has received further funds to develop its work with young people in Darlaston and buy new equipment for the centre. Krunch UK also received funding to create a music project for 40 young people in Oldbury.
Finally, £2,500 has been given to Warwickshire charity Safeline to help them deliver their programmes which help young people to deal with and prevent the occurrence of abuse, gang violence and drugs.
Trustees of the Foundation will announce funding for bursaries in partnership with local educational institutions in August.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the Foundation, said:
"We hope 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 of their strong impact in their communities and we hope this funding will help them continue and expand this work. I look forward to seeing these projects in action."
Stephanie Patrick from Sutton YMCA said:
"We are extremely pleased to receive this grant from the National Express Foundation. This funding will enable us to refurbish an old building into a community hub where local young people who are at risk of gang involvement, anti-social behaviour and crime, can come and be engaged in more positive activities."