Funding news

Government awards £10 million for umbrella body Youth United - 2 February 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) will give £10m to the umbrella body Youth United to fund the recruitment and training of 2,700 new volunteers at groups including Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys’ Brigade and St John Ambulance.

The money is expected to allow the organisations to set up 400 new youth groups, which could be joined by 10,000 young people, over the next two and a half years.

Youth United, set up by the Prince of Wales and supported by his charitable foundation, is a group of major youth volunteering organisations including the Scouts, St John Ambulance and various cadet groups. It will distribute the funding to its member groups:

  • Air Cadets
  • Army Cadets
  • Boys’ Brigade
  • Fire Cadets
  • Girlguiding UK
  • Girls’ Brigade
  • Sea Cadets
  • The Scout Association
  • St John Ambulance
  • Volunteer Police Cadets.

In a statement, CLG said the funding would be targeted at areas of England "where historically there have been limited opportunities" to take part in the youth groups. The money will be spent in 15 areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Knowsley
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Rochdale
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Broadwater Farm Estate (Tottenham, north London)
  • Burnley
  • Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Redcar (Redcar and Cleveland).

For more details see the Third Sector article.