Youth Wellbeing Fund launched to support young people in Salford

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Submitted by Becky Roberts

A new fund has been created to provide grants ranging from £1,000 to £4,000 for new projects inspired, co-designed and co-delivered by young people.

The Youth Welfare Fund aims to support projects for young people between the ages of 11 and 21 or up to 25 if they have a disability or additional needs with the support of a school, a college or VCSE organization.

The grants were made possible through support from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford-based connectivity provider TalkTalk.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of young people in Salford, Greater Manchester, and the Youth Wellbeing Fund offers young people a valuable opportunity to have their voices heard and their ideas put into action for activities that will improve their well-being.

Local charity Salford CVS manages the process, including providing support to applicants every step of the way.

Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford CVS, said: “Salford CVS has run our annual Youth Wellbeing Fund for several years now, with support from NHS Salford CCG.

“The Fund grew out of our conversations with ‘rarely heard’ young people in Salford, who said they would like to have more practical input in developing new projects to meet their local priorities. This year we welcome additional support from TalkTalk. »

Tori Quinn, Service Improvement Manager at NHS Salford CCG, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Young Wellbeing Fund in 2022. We know young people have many creative ideas for activities that will improve their well-being.

“The Youth Welfare Fund enables them to put their ideas into action and make a lasting impact on the lives of young people in Salford.”

Bronagh McCloskey, Head of Public Affairs and CSR at TalkTalk, said: “We are proud to support Salford CVS and its Youth Wellbeing Fund. It provides a great opportunity for local groups to get creative and turn their ideas into reality.

“We want to empower young voices in the community to make a difference in Salford and beyond. We look forward to receiving applications and seeing ideas come to life.”

Applicants to the fund must submit a two to three minute video that features or is produced by young people in addition to a simple form completed by the host organization.

The fund is open for applications until noon on Monday, April 4. Further information on the Youth Welfare Fund can be found on CVS Salford. website.

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