Groundwork has received a £35,000 grant from Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, to to create a national network of 100 young ‘Green Leaders’ who will advocate for young people’s voices in the planning and use of green spaces.
The Green Leaders network will receive tailored 1:1 mentoring and support from Groundwork, who will help them develop their ideas for community green space projects that challenge local attitudes towards the environment.
The network will soon be recruiting young people aged 16 – 20 based in Manchester, London, Northampton and Birmingham.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork UK CEO, said:
“We’re delighted to have received this grant from the Co-op Foundation.
“Helping young people have more of a say in how to protect, plan and manage green spaces on their doorstep is an important part of mobilising action on wider environmental challenges. We look forward to working our network of Green Leaders over the coming months and supporting them to put their ideas into practice.”
Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:
“Our partnership with the #iwill Fund over the past two years has shown the positive impact young people can have when they are given opportunities to take action on the issues they care about. Grants announced today will empower young people to improve access to and use of spaces that matter to them, making life better for local communities and building their own skills and confidence.”
The grant has been awarded as part of the first round of support available from the Co-op Foundation’s new £3m extension to its #iwill Fund, designed to empower young people to improve spaces, wellbeing and skills. Funding is aligned to Co-op’s community plan, Co-operate 2022.
The #iwill Fund is a £40 million joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. The Co-op Foundation acts as a match funder.
The Foundation has already awarded almost £2m in grants since it first partnered with the #iwill Fund in 2017.
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