Posted on 16th July 2019

Funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is set to support a local organisation that encourages young people to take action on issues that matter to them.

David Keane has awarded £3,000 from his Safer Communities Fund to Cheshire Community Foundation to support their #iwill fund.

The fund supports groups that engage with young people aged 10-20 in activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. Each organisation is able to bid for up-to £5,000 to support their project.

The #iwill Fund is a national initiative from Department of Culture Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund involving more than 900 organisations across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors. In Cheshire, the fund is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation in Cheshire.

The funding from the commissioner will provide a boost to the fund so it can support even more local organisations. The commissioner also has plan for a member of his Youth Commission to sit on the grants panel to be involved in key decisions about which organisations are awarded funding.

PCC David Keane said: “I’m pleased to be working with Cheshire Community Foundation to provide even more opportunities to support young people to take action and improve their own communities.

“This grant is a fine example of the partnership working that makes the Safer Communities Fund so successful. It’s great to have the Youth Commission bring their skills and expertise to this process too.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how this small amount of funding can make a big difference to community safety and young people throughout Cheshire.”

Cheshire’s #iwill Fund has already supported local charity, The Wishing Well project. It received funding in the last round to support young people to run their own service to engage with their peers.

Young people will be responsible for designing and maintaining the service, which will give them transferable skills relevant to employment and training.

Angela Richardson, grants director of Cheshire community foundation, said: “Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change in their communities.

“We’re proud to support local groups working with the next generation of volunteers, campaigners and activists who want to make a difference.”

Cheshire Community Foundation is one of 16 organisations across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.