"We strive to increase opportunities in areas and communities where there are least provisions and the most need, to ensure that young people of all backgrounds are able to succeed."

£5mil investment towards uniformed youth activity in the most disadvantaged areas in the country has been unveiled today by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Uniformed Youth Fund aims to provide uniformed youth groups further opportunity to reach vulnerable young people and allow for expansion into deprived areas, Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced.

An estimated 5,500 places will be created through the fund, increasing opportunity for young people most at risk in society to access the benefits and skillsets enshrined within uniformed youth activity, currently accessed by 1.5million young people today.

The latest ComRes report ‘Social Integration: The Role of Uniformed Youth Groups’ found that belonging to a uniformed youth group enabled young people to interact with individuals and environments which differed from them, helped foster a sense of belonging to their communities and peers, and also provided a crucial support base outside of traditional settings.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:

“Organisations like the Guides and Sea Cadets play a key role in so many childhoods. They create lasting friendships and teach important life skills such as teamwork and resilience.

This fund strengthens our support for young people by ensuring that even more children have access to these groups and are helped to reach their full potential.”

Samantha Hyde, Director at Youth United Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to be able to expand our important work with children and young people living in the some of the most deprived regions in the country, providing them with the opportunity to join a uniformed youth group and, as a result, gain a range of life-changing skills and experiences.

We strive to increase opportunities in areas and communities where there are least provisions and the most need, to ensure that young people of all backgrounds are able to succeed.”

Funding will be available to the Youth United Network, which includes groups such as St John Ambulance, Volunteer Police Cadets, Boys’ Brigade and The Scout Association.

To find out more about the Youth United Network, click here.

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