Suffolk’s Youth Intervention Fund, launched this week, was founded by an initial match fund pledge of £50K from Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore. With the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, a further £100,000 has been raised so far from private individuals and business donations. Private funding has contributed the majority of the funds required to deliver the research, published today by University of Suffolk and means that the fund itself has been launched with a total of £150,000 of support on offer to local charities. Applications can be made for funding of between £2,500 and £20,000 per application.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made donations totalling £100,000 to meet the inital match fund challenge of £50,000 offered by Tim Passmore. It is absolutely true to say that without this generosity, none of the work we are doing with this project would have been possible.
Private individuals, public sector, faith groups, local businesses and other local and sometimes national funders are working with Suffolk Community Foundation to ensure that Suffolk doesn’t just understand its young people, but works together to find the resources required to take action and deliver the support they need.
With existing projects already addressing issues as diverse as online safety, increasing levels of youth social action and volunteering and educating primary school children about knife crime, private donors are already playing an important role in increasing our resources in Suffolk. Their generosity empowers us to react quickly and cut through the red tape that sometimes hampers our ability to change the lives of young people. Having said this, often a private gift is stimulated by match funding from the central government or our own local public sector.
Since 2017 the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund at Suffolk Community Foundation has help support the local voluntary sector to address many of these issues of facing Suffolk young people. Grants have been awarded to many local charities, working with young people, totalling over £275,000 directly supporting almost 20,000 local young people right across Suffolk, with the Stay Safe Online Campaign injecting a further £100,000 and reaching a further 10,000.
During my term in office I have seen at first hand some shocking and heart-wrenching situations involving our young people that are completely unbelievable in twenty-first century Suffolk. The research published this week is vital, however implementing the solutions must go hand in hand and I’ve always said that a team approach to funding is the only way to go if we want to maximise the impact we can make. That’s why I set a challenge to other funders to join me in creating the Youth Intervention Fund.
Generous Suffolk people, often donating substantial amounts, often wish to remain anonymous, but all partners are keen to point out the importance that their contribution has made to Suffolk identifying key issues and the need for others in a position to help to come forward and join the team.
Does your organisation or community group deliver a service to support young people? You can apply for a grant from the Youth Intervention Fund here.