Funding stream supporting young people ends

An archery project established at Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project thanks to the CNL Young Peoples Fund.
An archery project established at Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project thanks to the CNL Young Peoples Fund.

A fund set up to help young people has made its final round of grants.

The CNL Young People’s Fund, at the Community Foundation, has awarded more than £400,000 since it was established in 2009, follwoing the closure of Connexions Northumberland.

And in its last round of grants, £43,897 has been awarded to nine projects which create positive and life-changing opportunities for young people in Northumberland.

Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP) was one project to benefit from the Fund, receiving six grants.

Robert Hall MBE, executive manager, said: “Without this significant support from the Community Foundation and of course The CNL Young People’s Fund, CVYP would not have developed and achieved to its current level.

“Over 300 young people have taken part in activities and achieved multiple awards with the grants from the Fund.

“The CNL Young People’s Fund has been a huge help in providing opportunities for young people in Northumberland.

“It has helped us establish a programme for many excluded young people in our community from young carers in need of respite, early intervention with young offenders or those at risk of social exclusion, and archery classes for young people with disabilities.”

Elaine Holdsworth, senior philanthropy advisor at the Community Foundation, added: “All young people deserve the chance to achieve their potential.”

“Many young people are excluded from opportunities to develop their skills and confidence and better equip them for adult life. The CNL Young People’s Fund at the Community Foundation has been a crucial support in providing opportunities for young people in our area.”

Trevor Jones, the former Chairman of Connexions Northumberland, said: “Our vision was that Connexions Northumberland would support young people to give them the best possible life chances.

“Since transferring our assets following the closure of Connexions, the CNL Young People’s Fund has supported an incredibly diverse range of projects across the whole of Northumberland.

“There has not been a moment when the choice to work with The Community Foundation has ever been in doubt, it has been a tremendous experience.”

For more information about establishing a Fund at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/give