Severn Arts will receive £18,348 from the government’s Youth Investment Fund, it has been announced.
Phase 1 of the Youth Investment Fund launched on 31 January 2022. The aim of the Youth Investment Fund is to create, expand and improve local youth facilities and their services to drive positive outcomes for young people, including improved health and wellbeing, and skills for work, employability and life.
The Youth Investment Fund enables local youth providers to invest in capital projects that expand the reach, number and range of services they currently offer.
Severn Arts applied for over £18,000 which they have been granted to purchase digital music making equipment and turntables to engage young people, who are disadvantaged by poverty and have experience of the care system, in music making. This will improve mental wellbeing and employability.
Worcester MP Robin Walker said:
“In February I encouraged all community groups to apply to the Youth Investment Fund and am glad to see that a Worcester organisation will benefit. I have worked with Severn Arts on a number of occasions and can attest to the good work that they do.
“In recent work as the Minister of State of State for School Standards I was delighted to announce a £25 million fund to improve music education in schools. I hope that this money will be put to good use to improve access to musical experiences outside of the school setting. Severn Arts have a strong track record of enriching young people’s lives across a number of areas and this fund will hopefully help them continue this.
“I will continue to fight for more funding for organisations in Worcester to create opportunities, improve employability, and widen access to participation in the arts.”