Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefiting local people and places. The aim of this scheme is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.
Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million across the country this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities, and the programme is delivered in Staffordshire by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, who are providing match funding to increase the amount available to organisations.