b inspired awarded a Youth Investment Fund grant to renovate the Grove Community Hub
Wonderful news today for young people in Braunstone, Leicester supported by b inspired.
B inspired is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a life-changing Youth Investment Fund grant to renovate and improve the Grove Community Hub and our youth service offer to young people across Braunstone.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Social Investment Business have announced that our service is one of 44 youth projects across England that have been awarded a Youth Investment Fund grant to transform and level up opportunities for young people in England.
The funding will enable youth services to transform health, wellbeing, skills, and opportunities for young people. It is a ground-breaking opportunity to prioritise the needs of young people and for youth services to develop and deliver the life-changing services they need and to create a more equal society for future generations.
Our Youth Investment Fund grant will transform our service and means that we will be able to reach another 150 young people a week once the project is complete.
Our new service will provide more space and facilities for young people, including a new performing arts space, multi-use rooms for after school and holiday activities and clubs. This means that there will be the chance to join in with drama, theatre, dance, music and performing arts activities, as well as games, sports and leisure activities and access to help and support.
Outside, there will be a brand-new Basketball play space – along with secure cycle storage and maintenance facilities. The scheme will also include a significant investment in sustainable energy systems to improve efficiency and running costs of the building for the future and provide a comfortable environment for young people and their families using the building.
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:
“I want every young person to have the opportunity to access the kinds of life-changing activities which expand their horizons and allow them to develop vital life skills.”
“These next 44 youth centres will give 12,000 more young people the opportunity to access these activities, building on the first tranche of Youth Investment Fund investment that is seeing new projects like the Alt Valley Communiversity opening in Liverpool.”
“We will make sure every young person has someone to talk to, something to do, somewhere to go.”
Nick Temple, CEO for Social Investment Business, that leads the delivery partnership said:
“The Youth Investment Fund is all about prioritising the needs of young people in England and creating a more equal society for future generations. It is wonderful to see how the fund is already transforming young people’s opportunities to experience the joy of local youth services designed for, and by, young people. Today’s announcement means another 12,000 young people can access quality, sustainable and accessible youth clubs.”
Welcoming the Youth Investment Fund grant, Angie Wright (b inspired, Chief Officer) said:
“We are thrilled to be able to announce this huge investment by YIF into Braunstone to prioritise our local young people and provide them with much needed new opportunities. Our project to redevelop the Grove Community Hub building on Cort Crescent aims to improve its offer to young people and comes after we consulted with local young people.”
“We very much aim to engage more young people and provide a great range of activities that are positive and that the young people are interested in and need.”
“We are very grateful to the DCMS for their financial support and backing for this project and look forward to working with them over the next couple of years to bring all our plans to life”.
The Youth Investment Fund forms part of the Government’s ‘National Youth Guarantee’ to ensure every young person across England will have access to regular out of school activities, adventures away from home and opportunities to volunteer. The Youth Investment Fund, of over £300 million, is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with National Youth Agency, Resonance, and the Key Fund.
The Youth Investment Fund has been developed to create, expand, and improve local youth facilities and their services in the out of school youth sector, to drive positive outcomes for young people, including improved mental and physical wellbeing, and skills for life and work.
Over the next three years the Youth Investment Fund will fund the building or renovation of 300 youth services and will increase the number of regular positive activities undertaken by young people in the targeted areas by 45,000 per year, by 2026/27.