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vcashpoint Re-opens for Applications from Young Volunteers (England)

v, the independent charity set up to encourage young people to volunteer, has announced that the next funding round of its vcashpoint scheme is now open for applications. Working in partnership with the HSBC bank, vcashpoint is a £1 million initiative that will provide grants of up to £2,500 to young people to set up their own volunteering projects within their community. The type of activities that could be supported could include:
• Running activities for children
• Transforming a community space
• Supporting victims of bullying
• Running workshops for young people
• Setting up a local campaign
• Clearing up a beach
• Running music art or sports events for disadvantaged people
• Organising a festival to bring different cultures or communities together, etc.
Examples of young people receiving support through vcashpoint includes:
• Valentina Wong, 24 from North West London, who was awarded a vcashpoint grant of £2,500 for her project, “CY on Air”. Aimed at 16-25 year olds, CY on Air provides young British Chinese people with role models and training in the skills they need to pursue careers in broadcasting.
• Michelle Brodie, 21, and Laura Stanley, 22, received a grant from vcashpoint for their “Food, Farming & Fairtrade” project which enables children from two primary schools in Oldham to find out more about the countryside and where food comes from.
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