About GCF News Youth Social Action Fund launched Gloucestershire Community Foundation has secured £30,000 to encourage young people to get involved in community action. The Fund is part of the government’s pledge to support the #Iwill campaign, which aims to increase participation in youth social action (volunteering, fundraising and campaigning) by 50% by 2020. Catherine Kevis, development director at GCF said: “This money is available to inspire and encourage young people who want to volunteer, fundraise and campaign in their local community. There is clear evidence that social action has a positive impact on a young person’s character and helps to prepare them for life and work. We are also close to reaching our target of £60,000 in Gloucestershire thanks to match funding from local donors”. Grants are now available and research conducted in 2016 found that: · young people participating in social action have stronger personal networks and higher life satisfaction · young people who have participated in social action programmes recognise that their activities had some benefit for both themselves and others · 95% participating in meaningful social action received encouragement, compared to 45% of those who have never participated. For details of the fund and how to apply go to the grants page>> If you want to donate to the Youth Social Fund please contact Catherine Kevis on 0755 747 8855.