Fair Share Trust

In 2003, the Big Lottery Fund found that certain areas of the UK missed out of receiving lottery funding. The Fair Share Trust aims to change that.

The New Opportunities Fund put £50 million into a trust to target the 80 areas across the UK, with UK Community Foundations being appointed as the trustee to distribute funding to where it’s needed most.

Although the Big Lottery Fund ended in 2013, its legacy continues to impact the lives of people in local communities across the UK. By helping people in the more disadvantaged areas of the UK, communities have been strengthened, and a variety of local causes have been awarded grants.

Great Lever Voice Project

Young people who leave school without any qualifications often lack positive role models when they were growing up. With little opportunities to gain further skills, they can become quickly disillusioned. This is the situation which many young people in Great Lever, Bolton, face.

The Great Lever Voice Project was set up to boost the employability of school-leavers aged between 13-19 years old. As part of the fund from Fair Share Trust, the Great Lever Voice Project was awarded over £21,000 by Forever Manchester.

Attendees can gain qualifications and secure training opportunities. By the second year of the project, 68% of participants went into education, employment, or training; and 417 new qualifications were gained in total, in areas ranging from CV writing to Hair and Beauty. One participant, Danielle, said “I was unemployed but Great Lever Voice helped me find a job suitable for me.” By giving a second chance for people to contribute positively to their community, the project has meant young people from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t have to lead disadvantaged futures.

Fare Share Trust – impact reports

Impact report for England

Impact report for Wales (in Welsh)

Impact report for Northern Ireland

UK-wide impact report


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