We are excited to announce that PIE have received a £69,820 grant from Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation. We will use the funding for the 'Into the Mix' project which will be working with young people in Tameside to help them transition successfully from primary to high school.
The team expects to engage over 350 young people over two years.
The Co-op Foundation awarded the grant as part of a £3m extension to its #iwill Fund, designed to empower young people to improve spaces, wellbeing and skills.
The #iwill Fund is a £50 million joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. The Co-op Foundation acts as a match funder.
Co-op Foundation has already awarded over £2m in grants since it first partnered with the #iwill Fund in 2017.
Beth Nunn, PIE Founder, said: “We are excited to be launching this programme in Tameside to help bridge the gap between primary and high school. This is always such a huge step for young people, which has been made even more challenging as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The programme will work with Key Stage 3 students to develop leadership and peer mentoring skills, which they will then be able to put into practice through support offered to Year 6 students at feeder primary schools as part of the transition process. We are particularly excited about encouraging so many young people to get involved with social action campaigns to help make a difference to their local communities. Communities and supporting each other has never been more important, and we are looking forward to helping make this happen with our partner schools in Tameside. The first year of the programme will start with us working with Hyde High School and Alder Community High School, and their associated feeder schools.”
Jamie Ward-Smith, Chair of the Co-op Foundation, said:
“Our partnership with the #iwill Fund has shown the positive impact young people can have when they have the power to take action on issues they care about.
Life transitions, like moving schools, can be a lonely and unsettling time for young people. Grants announced today will allow young people to improve their wellbeing as they move schools, while offering an opportunity to take action to help others.”
The Co-op Foundation will launch further #iwill Fund grants in 2021.
Co-op Foundation is the Co-op's charity. It helps people challenge inequality and co-operate for change so they can share a fairer future.
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