A £50 million investment is being announced today to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action. Co-ordinated by the #iwill campaign in support of its ambitious goals, the fund is being built on a joint commitment of £40 million from Government and the Big Lottery Fund, and match-funded by partners including Pears Foundation, Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations.
Pears Foundation has pledged a total of £4 million over four years to match-fund the #iwill fund, and will be focusing its support on increasing opportunities in Health and Social Care, Education and the wider sustainability of the sector.
The funding announcement comes at the beginning of #iwill week, in which UK-wide partners from across the business, education, public and voluntary sectors will be involved in celebrating and championing youth social action. To date, the #iwill campaign has engaged with more than 600 organisations who have pledged to support the goal of enabling more than 60% of 10-20 year-olds to participate in social action.