Dorset Community Foundation and Longleigh Foundation partner to support Dorset youth
Dorset Community Foundation (DCF) has announced a joint-funding partnership with national grant-giving charity Longleigh Foundation to support young people.
Together, they have set up the Longleigh Foundation Fund for Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck. The fund will support community projects aimed at helping young people living in Dorset’s most deprived areas make a positive contribution in their communities.
The fund is now open for applications and will close at noon on 28th September.
The fund will distribute £25,000 via the Youth Social Action programme, which the Dorset Community Foundation manages on behalf of The Big Lottery and the Office for Civil Society.
Dorset Community Foundation is one of 43 Community Foundations in England distributing grants as part of the Youth Social Action fund. The fund has been developed as part of the #iwill campaign, which aims to increase volunteering and campaigning among young people by 50% by 2020.
Longleigh Foundation was set up this year by Stonewater, a national social housing provider, with a £1 million endowment for funding projects which help young people, the elderly, women affected by domestic abuse, and residents with physical or mental disabilities. The new Longleigh Foundation Fund for Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck will also support youth projects for young people living in Stonewater housing developments in Dorset.
Longleigh Foundation has a history of working with Community Foundation, having partnered with Berkshire Community Foundation to tackle loneliness in Reading.
“Young people are the future of this wonderful county”
Jon Yates, Chief Executive at the Dorset Community Foundation said: ‘We are very pleased to announce this exciting new partnership with the Longleigh Foundation. Together we can help address important local issues here in Dorset. Young people are the future of this wonderful county and by supporting their involvement in projects such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering we are helping nurture thriving communities for years to come.’
Sue Terry, Chair of Longleigh Foundation said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with DCF and to be supporting housing communities in Dorset where many Stonewater residents live. Strategic partnerships for projects such as this enable us to improve the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged members of our society.”
Christchurch Activities for Young People
Christchurch Activities for Young People is one group previously supported by the Youth Social Action programme. With a grant from DCF, the group was able to deliver a volunteering project for young people in the Somerford estate, one of the most deprived areas in Dorset. The project will equip young people participating with valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and organisation skills.
For more information, or to apply, please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.