‘Can Do’ youth disability projects wins new funds

29 January 2016

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Yorkshire and Gloucester based Can Do programmes, which offer exciting life skills and volunteering opportunities to 16- to 35-year-old disabled people, is thrilled to announce it has won a share of the £1.2million National Youth Social Action fund to expand its work in the regions.  

The funds, granted by the Cabinet Office and The Pears Foundation, will be used by Can Do to pilot the programme in rural areas in Yorkshire and Gloucester to a new age range of 10- to 25-year-olds.

It will create opportunities for young disabled people that will develop their life skills and enhance their confidence and independence.

Jemma Shaw, Can Do programme manager, said:

‘We are thrilled The Pears Foundation and the Cabinet Office recognise the work Can Do does and the benefits volunteering can bring to the lives of young disabled people.

‘Disabled people can face many barriers as part of their daily life when it comes to relationships, finding a job or a place to live.

‘Can Do aims to support and equip our participants with the skills and confidence they need to live their lives fully and participate in society.’

The National Youth Social Action fund is committed to helping young people in deprived or rural areas to get involved in social action. It intends to reach over 20,000 young people across England.

Projects will begin in April 2016.

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Notes to editors

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. 

Our Can Do project offers exciting new opportunities for 16-  to 35-year-old disabled people to volunteer in their community.

Pears Foundation is a family foundation and one of the largest private funders of youth social action in the UK. As a founding funder of Step Up to Serve, the Foundation is committed to increasing the number of high quality, inclusive opportunities for young people to engage in meaningful social action.

Press contact: email Bridget McGing or call 020 7433 0688/07855 083207. 

The government, through the Cabinet Office, have pledged to support the #iwill campaign, run by Step Up To Serve. The campaign aims to increase, by 50%, participation in youth social action (volunteering, fundraising and campaigning) among 10- to 20-year-olds by the year 2020. 

For further press information and interviews please email Emily Mansell or call the Cabinet Office press office on 020 7276 1447.