You+Us: young people making a positive difference in their communities


Youth Focus: North East is delighted to be part of the #iwilltakeaction fund, which has been made available through £1.7 million joint funding from The Virgin Money Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

You+Us is Youth Focus: North East’s new social action/volunteering programme, bringing together young people and communities across the North East. At the heart of the programme will be 50 Local Challenges taking place in 50 local communities in our region. Each Local Challenge will involve young people in designing and delivering a response to a key local issue, working with their peers, older or younger members of the community, and staff from Virgin Money.

The new #iwill Take Action Fund is a three-year social action programme looking to increase the number of opportunities for 10-20 year olds in the region to volunteer, campaign and fund raise on issues that are important to them. Young people will develop the skills, knowledge and confidence as they create, develop and deliver a project which has benefits for the wider community. Each group will be allocated £300 to support the delivery of their project and will also be supported to raise application funds where necessary.

If you would like more information about You+Us and/or have any groups of young people who might be interested in developing their own local project please email Steve Watson or call 0191 4779966.

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