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Liverpool Youth Bank is supporting local projects aimed at stopping local violence

9 months ago

Liverpool Youth Bank is supporting local projects aimed at stopping local violence

A group of 10 to 18-year-olds are calling on other young people in Liverpool to help reduce violence across the region, with time running out to apply for funding to support local projects.

The Liverpool Youth Bank is an NSPCC-funded project, led by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and run by young people from across the city.

Youth Banks around the world provide small grants to other young people encouraging innovative ideas which benefit the local community, and Youth Bank members in Liverpool have been trained to become funding commissioners.

They are now accepting applications for funding from youth and community groups delivering a project or activity connected to the themes of community safety or reducing violence.

Statutory or voluntary sector groups within the Liverpool City Region are being invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000, but smaller bids are also being encouraged.

Alex Jones, youth engagement lead at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The NSPCC has kindly given the Liverpool Youth Bank funding to help them influence others to make a change in their local community.

“The young people are delighted to have the opportunity to become the only youth-led Youth Bank project currently operating within the Liverpool City Region. They are so passionate about empowering other children and young people to make positive change a reality in their communities”.

Liverpool Youth Bank member, Darcie, 10, said:

“I joined the Youth Bank because I wanted to make a positive impact within the community. Joining this group has improved my self-esteem and confidence.”

Liverpool Youth Bank

Liverpool Youth Bank member, Eva, 11, said:

“We want people to know that their kindness affects their community. It’s so important for people to think about their community before taking part in violence.”

Applications for the grants can be made online, and the young people behind the Youth Bank have created a series of short videos to encourage local residents to apply.

NSPCC local campaigns officer, Amy Holland, said:

“The young people who are part of the Liverpool Youth Bank are amazing and really want to ensure children and young people have a voice and make an impact locally.

“They are determined to make a difference and want other young people to apply for the grants available to make a difference too.”

An application form for Youth Bank funding can be found here.

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