Knowing the passion of the people of Hartlepool for our town, and the inspiring, motivated and exceptional young people in our midst, HUCSF are today excited to launch the #iwill put the heart back into Hartlepool campaign.
This project – set to commence in September 2019 – will see HUCSF working with four secondary schools in Hartlepool.
Supported by HUCSF staff, pupils from each school will be given a budget to design a project that aims to improve the physical community in their individual school's area.
These projects will be youth-led, allowing the young people to choose a project that really matters to them and giving them a sense of ownership and pride.
Once the planning is complete, the young people will present their ideas to an independent panel of local residents and business owners who will provide feedback to help them to make their plans a reality.
The project will be supported by Vicki Burton, who through her work on HUCSF's NCS, has helped young people to deliver over 16,000 hours of social action across a wide range of causes; raising over £5,000 to support the projects.
#iwill put the heart back into Hartlepool is part of the #iwill Take Action Fund.
It is supported by a grant from Virgin Money Foundation on behalf of the #iwill Fund.
This is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.
Virgin Money Foundation is one of a group of organisations who have contributed funding and for them, developing a #iwill Fund takes forward their commitment to supporting projects working with young people, supporting young people to engage with volunteering and wider social action schemes.
Nancy Doyle-Hall, Virgin Money Foundation Executive Director said
“The Foundation is delighted to support HUCSF and their young leaders to run an #iwill Take Action project in four schools across Hartlepool. The four #iwill groups will design and deliver social action projects, enabling the young people to become active citizens, realise their ambitions and make change happen in their local community. We look forward to seeing the projects develop.”
The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.
It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign which is a collective effort involving over 900 partners from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for 10-to-20 year olds by the year 2020, wherever they live and whatever their background.
Don't forget to keep checking back on the website to see how the projects progress, we can't wait to see what the young people come up with.
In the meantime you can find out more about the #iwill campaign (@iwill_campaign) and Virgin Money Foundation (@VMFStartLocally) on Twitter.