Shaw Trust’s Youth Support Team in Gloucester and Youth Service in Norfolk, has been awarded a grant of £50,000 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime through the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the funding Shaw Trust will develop and deliver an online group work provision to young people between the ages of 10 and 14, who are displaying early signs of violent behaviour.
The Youth Endowment Fund is an independent charitable trust set up by the Home Office. It funds, supports and evaluates projects in England and Wales which work to prevent children and young people from being drawn into violent crime.
Shaw Trust is one of 130 organisations to share part of a £6.5m grant pot from the Youth Endowment Fund to help at-risk young people impacted by COVID-19.
Kat Aukett, Operations Director for the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team said: “We are very excited to be working together with the Youth endowment fund to develop services that are effective, flexible and can be delivered virtually during these unusual times. The evaluation will ensure that the programme empowers young people to bring about positive change in their lives.”
Jon Yates, Executive Director at Youth Endowment Fund, said: “It has been too easy to forget vulnerable young people during this crisis. The pandemic has removed much of the critical support that many of them rely upon – from teachers to youth workers. This funding will help us find the best way to reach and support these young people when they most need it.”