Online hub launches to share learning from National Lottery youth fund

The #iwill Fund Learning Hub has been launched to share evidence of success and data from actitivies funding through the National Lottery backed funding stream.

Joe Lepper | 11th Sep 19

An online hub to help charities learn strategies for success in supporting young people has been launched by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The #iwill Fund Learning Hub has been created to share evidence and insights about activities supported through the #iwill Fund, which launched three years ago to promote volunteering, campaigning and fundraising among 10-to 20-year-olds.

Seven reports into the fund’s schemes have been published and the National Lottery has also made a ‘12-months of learning’ paper available.

The hub has been created by Dartington Service Design Lab and supported by the Centre for Youth Impact, Renaisi and Generation Change.

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The hub is being made available from the Centre for Youth Impact’s website.

Jenny North, Director of Dartington Service Design Lab, said: “The #iwill Fund is a brilliant opportunity to broaden and deepen our understanding about what youth social action is, what it can achieve, and how it can be best supported and delivered.

“We’re delighted to be leading the #iwill Fund Learning Hub’s work in shaping this, alongside our consortium partners. Like the #iwill Fund itself, the Learning Hub is a truly collaborative effort.”


Active citizenship

Dr Rania Marandos, Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve, the charity that coordinates the #iwill campaign said: “Young people have the energy, ideas and talent to tackle society’s biggest challenges today. Yet too often society fails to listen to young people’s views or recognise their ability to make a positive difference. This is particularly the case for young people from low-income communities.”

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“Youth social action provides opportunities for young people to take action on the issues they care about. The insights from the #iwill Fund Learning Hub will support more organisations from a variety of sectors to deliver high quality opportunities that enable young people to be active citizens, regardless of their background.”

The #iwill Fund is an England wide initiative backed by £40m from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund.