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Another £10,000 for youth projects across Windsor and Maidenhead

LogosThe Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Youth Ambassadors have divided £10,000 from the RBWM Youth Voice Youth Choice Funding Scheme to plough into a variety of youth projects throughout the Borough. We were unable to run the funding scheme last year so this money is funding from the 2019/2020 funding pot.

The aim of Youth Voice Youth Choice is to get as many young people as possible to take an active part in their community and to help young people with a project achieve their aspirations. This is our 16th round of the Youth Voice Youth Choice Funding scheme. From the beginning of the Youth Voice Youth Choice funding scheme many years ago we have given away up to £160,000 which has helped a variety of groups and individuals in the Borough.

The RBWM Youth Voice Youth Choice funding scheme gives individuals, schools, charities, targeted groups and youth groups the opportunity to apply for funding. People apply for funding to support a range of different projects or programmes which are run for the benefit of young people throughout the Borough. Applicants must live or study in the Royal Borough and be aged between 8 and 19 years or up to age 25 if they have learning disabilities. Groups can receive up to a maximum of £1500 and individuals can receive £500.

Groups have to complete an application form which explains their projects to the Youth Ambassadors and how the funding will be used and how it would benefit them and/or young people in the Borough.

Having shifted through the numerous applications we received this year the following were recipients of various amounts of money at our Awards Ceremony last Thursday evening.
For the individual category Josh Mustard (age 13) received £500. Josh started his own business making dog biscuits during lockdown and wants to expand on this and with the funding is setting up a peer mentor entrepreneur where he can help other young people start their own businesses.

From the Youth Groups category The Old Windsor Tigers Football Club will receive £650. They are going to buy some badly needed equipment for when training can resume.

The Datchet Sea Scouts will get £1150. The money applied for in this grant will cover our costs for becoming members of Silverwing Sailing Club in Wraysbury for the forthcoming year. The funding paying for our fees will allow for the group to allocate more of our income from memberships fees into providing additional activities for our young people such as events out as a group or to be able to buy more equipment that can be used with all our young people.

The Rhodes Academy of Dance have successfully auditioned 19 dances to attend Dance World Cup 2021. Some of these children have struggled with their mental health during lock down but having this opportunity has given them a goal that is achievable now they have successfully auditioned. They will receive £1500 from Youth Voice Youth Choice funding to help towards costume costs and other expenses.

Another recipient of funding from the Youth Groups category is the Onwards and Upwards Transition Programme. Onwards and Upwards is a three day programme tailored for up to 12 young people who are in Year 6 and are moving up to various mainstream secondary schools to Year 7 in the new academic year. The programme will receive £1500.

We had many school entries but the one that stood out the most for us was an application from Alice Cook and the Eco Group from Courthouse Junior School. They will receive £900 towards their Eco garden where the children will learn about nature and growing food. The money will fund the purchase of a willow tunnel which will be fun to plant and play in at break time as many of the children have been inside for so long during the last year.

WildSL6 is another youth group who were successful in their application for Youth Voice Youth Choice funding. They will receive £780 to deliver four wildflower workshops with pupils from Furze Platt Senior School about biodiversity and pollinators which will be followed by practical workshops where they will plant wildflower meadows together.

The last category to give funding to is the Charity category.

Family Action are no strangers to applying for Youth Voice Youth Choice. The Youth Ambassadors really liked their application this year and so they will receive the full amount of funding they applied for which is £1500. The programme they will deliver with the help of this funding is called Level Up. It is a six-stage wellbeing programme, developed by Family Action to support young carers in acknowledging and understanding their caring role, as well as encouraging them to develop confidence and resilience. It gives them a chance to
meet other young carers and share their own experiences with others who understand them.

And last but not least the other group in the Charity category to secure Youth Voice Youth Choice funding is Windsor Horse Rangers. They received £1500 towards the cost of purchasing a desperately needed new big weight carrying school master horse to join our Rangers family of 180 children aged between 8 and 18.

For further details about Youth Voice Youth Choice contact Elaine Keating, Youth Engagement Officer on elaine.keating@achievingforchildren.org.uk

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