#iwill Fund launches
#iwillWeek 2016 was launched this week with the confirmation of an investment of almost £50 million to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action. The #iwill Fund is a £40m joint commitment of seed funding by Government and the Big Lottery Fund, boosted by Comic Relief, Pears Foundation and UK Community Foundations. Together these match-funders will invest an additional £9.6m into the #iwill Fund.
Currently four in ten young people regularly take part in social action, which includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. The #iwill campaign is working to get at least six in ten 10-20 year olds taking part by the year 2020. This significant new investment will help achieve this goal.
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said: “The #iwill Fund will give more young people the opportunity to take part in exciting and innovative youth social action projects, developing their skills for work and life. It’s great news that this fund is attracting more investment and demonstrates our commitment to creating an environment where individuals and communities can thrive.”
RVA has signed up as an ambassador for the #iwill campaign, spreading the word on behalf of our members about youth social action and its benefits to both young people and our communities. Encouraging our members to build on their existing good practice and to help their member organisations positively support young people wanting to volunteer; and to see young people as a valuable pool of voluntary support. Providing volunteering opportunities through some of our projects and enabling young people to get an accredited Award for volunteering through our ASDAN programme.