YMCA Derbyshire, in partnership with Baby People (empowerment through music and arts) and Derby County Community Trust (engagement through Derby County Football Club) is pioneering a city-wide youth and community service in Derby for local young people.
The three partners are looking to combine their collective expertise within the community to form a social impact fund where youth and community workers are able to work with young people on their journey to fulfil their potential and become contributing members of society. It is envisaged the fund will be created through trusts, and from individuals and local businesses via tax breaks.
Our established evidence-based community projects programme will ensure young people aged 14-25 will have positive activities to engage in.
Why are we doing this?
Young people are at risk of gravitating towards gangs and anti-social behaviour when the opportunity to engage positively is withdrawn. Furthermore, the Supporting People housing-related support grant, youth and community services and Connexions services within the city have all but been eradicated and there are fewer funds but more demand than ever for youth services. Research undertaken by YMCA England & Wales into Local Authority expenditure on youth services found that by 2016/17, spend on services in England had reduced by £737m since 2010/11, equivalent to a 62% cut.
How will it work?
More than 150 young people from across the city each year will be offered opportunities to help improve local places, form connections and engage in sport, art and community activities, thereby stepping away from negative temptations that can damage our community and their life chances.
How do we know this works?
The three partners, through their evidence-based programmes, have already achieved positive outcomes with their current health and wellbeing services. In addition, YMCA Derbyshire has been the beneficiary of a social impact bond previously, working successfully with young people with multiple barriers to realise their aspirations. This funding enabled our young people to give back through health and wellbeing projects at local schools, nurseries and community projects.
Thank you for helping to make our vision for a city-wide youth and community service in Derby, a reality.