One of the ways VANEL will be supporting Young Leaders is through our Big Lottery Reaching Communities funded project “Ignite”.  (The project has been going under the title of “Helping Young People Help Each Other to Lead Their Communities” until we rebranded it “Ignite” in August 2016).

This is a three year programme starting in July 2016.

It is designed to build upon our positive experience of helping young people to choose to work with voluntary and community groups. Building upon our theme of helping communities to help themselves, we are working with young graduates and university students to support research work of value to our members and to identify entrepreneurial young people with leadership potential.

This project will involve a team of Youth Leadership Workers and Mentors inspiring, supporting and motivating young people to volunteer and get involved in community development work across the local area. Once young people are part of the project they then identify opportunities to become leaders in their local communities by: engaging other young people to be more involved in communities; becoming better integrated into existing community projects; developing new ideas for local groups.

This is a three-year programme and in the first year participants will be helping to design and support the delivery of bespoke training opportunities to develop a range of skillsets including  networking, communication, mentoring, research, and campaigning. They will set up links, liaise with and work alongside young people focus groups and organisations to identify young peoples, volunteers and other residents’ needs, in local communities. They will also undertake research and evaluation work and establish and enable development of a youth leadership group to influence the overall development of the programme including its promotion and sustainability.

For more information about the project, visit www.ignitegy.org.uk.

This programme works with, compliments and builds upon our Awards for All funded “Young Leaders” project running until March 2017 which is developing a peer and mentor support network for young leaders (amongst other things!).

Thanks to Big Lottery for their support for these programmes.

Take a look at the Big Lottery page describing our project here.

More information about this project soon.

Contact Jenny Hodson at VANEL about the project via jenny@vanel.org.uk