Somerset Youth Fund Celebrates International Youth Day

August 12, 2014

Somerset Community Foundation are celebrating the UN’s International Youth Day on Tuesday, August 12 by highlighting our newly launched Somerset Youth Fund. The Somerset Youth Fund’s mission is to support innovative and effective solutions to issues faced by the most disadvantaged young people in Somerset today and to raise the aspirations and life opportunities of these young people.

Mary Hancock, Deputy Chief Executive of Somerset Community Foundation, said: “Our aim is to provide substantial, long-term grants to grassroots groups so that their staff can focus more of their time and energy on delivering services and less on fundraising.”

Somerset Motor Project, which is based in Glastonbury, is an example of one of the charities in the county that the Somerset Youth Fund aims to support.

Joe Degregorio, manager of the Somerset Motor Project, said: “We seek to motivate young people who have found mainstream forms of educational provision difficult. A young person who attended the Project, following exclusion from school at the age of 14, went on to become a full-time apprentice at a Mercedes garage and now regularly returns to deliver motivational talks to our new trainees.”

To donate to The Somerset Youth Fund you can text: KIDZ14, followed by your donation amount, to 70070 or call Somerset Community Foundation on: (01749) 344949.

Read more about our Somerset Youth Fund here.

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