Burnley FC in the Community has been awarded a grant of £32,800 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime through the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the funding, Burnley FC in the Community will enhance the ‘It’s Your Turf’ programme, which offers a package of mentoring and one-to-one support incorporating offending behaviour sessions and education for young people aged 8 – 18. It includes specific work identified by both the referrer and the young person, with a holistic and tailored approach to tackling violence displayed by young people.
The Youth Endowment Fund is an independent charitable trust set up by the Home Office. It funds, supports and evaluates projects in England and Wales which work to prevent children and young people from being drawn into violent crime.
Burnley FC in the Community is one of 130 organisations to share part of a £6.5m grant pot from the Youth Endowment Fund to help at-risk young people impacted by COVID-19.
Sara Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community said: “We’re thrilled to receive this funding from the Youth Endowment Fund to enhance this critical work we’re delivering in our community.
“We’ve already seen the huge impact the ‘It’s Your Turf’ programme has had and through this additional support, we know we’ll be able to make positive changes to the lives of even more young people as we help them to navigate these challenging times.
Michael Colquhoun, Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community said: “We are delighted to be awarding this funding from the Youth Endowment Fund. Our ‘It’s Your Turf’ programme has been hugely popular since we started it over two years ago, and now more than ever we are receiving referrals to work with young people who are at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System.
“This funding will enhance our delivery and our offer, ensuring we continue to reach those young people who are most at risk by offering a programme of mentoring, support and activities”.
Jon Yates, Executive Director at Youth Endowment Fund, said: “It has been too easy to forget vulnerable young people during this crisis. The pandemic has removed much of the critical support that many of them rely upon – from teachers to youth workers. This funding will help us find the best way to reach and support these young people when they most need it.”