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VOLUNTEERING charity TimeBank will work with Action for Stammering Children (ASC) on a new project for young people that will see them plan, design and deliver a social action project to benefit their community in Islington.

The project – Looking Forward – will offer an opportunity for 10 young people from the ASC Youth Panel who are living with a stammer to combine their entrepreneurial skills with TimeBank’s volunteering expertise to develop a social action project to benefit the local community. The team will have a budget of £1,000 to plan, design and deliver a social action project linked to a local not-for-profit organisation.

Looking Forward has been funded by a grant from the #iwill Fund which is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.

Young people on the Looking Forward project will be supported by a TimeBank Project Co-ordinator, who will run 10 sessions over six months to develop the young people’s skills in project planning and budgeting, marketing and communications, project delivery and evaluation.

TimeBank Chief Executive Phil Pyatt told Charity Today

“Looking Forward offers the opportunity for these young people to take ownership from the start of the project. It recognises their entrepreneurial energy and trusts them to make decisions about spending. Our starting point is ‘…what difference do you think you could make in your community if you had a budget of £1,000?…’. We’ll then support them to make that aspiration a reality. This is an opportunity for them to develop practical skills and deliver real change. We hope it will also result in a life-long interest in volunteering.”

Action for Stammering Children Chief Executive Steven Gauge said:

“We are hugely grateful to the team at TimeBank for creating this wonderful opportunity, and our Youth Panel are all fired up and ready to get started. We are looking forward to working with the volunteering experts at TimeBank and showing how our inspirational Youth Panel, made up of young people who stammer, can make a huge, positive impact as volunteers.”

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