Step Up To Serve! #iwill put social action at the heart of our work

One of Young Leicestershire’s partner charities, UK Youth, has taken a lead role in the Step Up To Serve campaign which is aiming to increase opportunities for young people to get involved in social action – defined as “practical action in the service of others.”

Step Up To Serve aims to raise the level of participation in community activity by young people from an estimated 29% today to over 50% by 2020. The campaign will encourage 1.7 million more young people aged ten to twenty to make social action a habit for life. This increase in the number of young people involved in this kind of activity would add almost 90 million hours of voluntary work per year worth almost £700 million to the UK economy.

The campaign was launched today at Buckingham Palace in conjunction with a national pledge initiative called #iwill. The launch will include personal commitments from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and 50 inspiring young people all of who are involved youth social action across the UK.

Evidence from the CBI shows that social action helps to develop optimism, determination and emotional intelligence – skills which are key to employability.

If you’d like to find out more and maybe get involved, there’s lots more info at www.stepuptoserve.org.uk.

Blaby & Whetstone YC transformed

With new Activity Centre Funding bids with Young Leicestershire land £600,000

As Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club approaches its 50th anniversary, a series of successful funding bids undertaken with Young Leicestershire are about to transform the club.

For starters, the club set up originally by a group of football-mad youngsters will now change its name to the Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club. And the £600,000 raised in grant money will enable the club to completely rebuild its 1960s pavilion, which will be renamed the Activity Centre.
Club chairman Brian Cleaver said: “We now have about 450 young people who come here, either to play football or to use the youth club, which has things like snooker and table tennis and takes the kids swimming, camping and canoeing.We’re hoping to encourage more female and disabled participants and to get more community groups using the site.”
The club started applying for grants earlier this year, supported by Young Leicestershire. As well as many smaller grants, the club has received £324,267 from the Football Foundation, £100,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, £50,000 from Sport England and £30,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.