£10m awarded to projects for disadvantaged young people

Fifteen projects in deprived regions across England will receive a share of a £10m government fund over the next two years to increase opportunities for young people.

The Inspiring Communities initiative was launched to boost the aspirations and achievements of disadvantaged young people through volunteering programmes, work experience placements or visits to university campuses, theatres and museums.

A community youth radio station and volunteer mentoring programme from Barking and Dagenham, a North East Lincolnshire project helping young people learn about careers in the fire service, and a Norfolk-based social enterprise that will teach young people how to grow their own produce for a café were among the successful projects.

Inspiring Communities is a joint initiative from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Cabinet Office.

Local government minister Rosie Winterton said: "We recognise that young people from poor communities can be less likely to aim high and can have low self-esteem, low aspirations and limited horizons that act as barriers to success. This fund is about taking steps to redress that balance."

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