Major Big Lottery Funding for Inspire

5 September 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have won major funding of £500,000 from the Big Lottery and The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to provide new and targeted Open Access Youth activities to young people in Ipswich.

Partnering with Ipswich Community Media, we will be offering free Sport and Media activities to young people from locations in Ipswich.

The new project, which will see young people actively involved in its development, is due to launch soon and will be open to all young people aged between 10 and 18 years (and 10-25 years for young people with a disability or special education need). The activities will see young people working towards holding their own festival or event to use the sport, media and other skills they learn with the organisations.

Caro Thornton, Grant & Development Manager at Inspire said

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for our charity to deliver a range of fantastic new programmes for local young people who need it most. We are very grateful to the Big Lottery and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for providing an opportunity for our charity to do even more in the local community.”

Bruce Macgregor from Ipswich Community Media says:

“We are delighted to be working with Inspire to offer a combination of music, media and sport to local young people. With this partnership and funding, we have a really exciting opportunity to build a network of support for the young people who need it most and to do this through a range of exciting and engaging activities’

Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Sarah Barber says: “I am delighted that Inspire have received this major funding award to provide youth work with local partners.  It will be brilliant to have Inspire, with Ipswich Community Media, working together young people to ensure that much needed youth activities are provided for Ipswich. I know that everyone will work hard to make this project successful, and a real benefit to the local community.”

Youth organisations across the country are gaining a share of the £40 million fund to boost the skills and life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas. Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch said: “This investment will have a transformational effect on the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people.”

If you would like to know more or be involved in the project, please get in touch with Inspire on or call 01473 353 194 or register your interest below. 

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