Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has awarded grants of over £51,000 to 12 charitable groups, thanks to the #iwill Fund which includes generous match-funding from HIWCF donors. The #iwill campaign is a UK wide programme aiming to make social action a regular part of life for less affluent young people aged 10-20. The programme aims to encourage the younger generation to make a significant contribution to their local communities through volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, while also aiming to build their confidence and skills.

Southampton based group Theatre for Life is one of the groups receiving a grant of £5,000 for their ‘Silent Mind’ Project. The grant will enable local young people to deliver youth theatre, to raise awareness of coping with mental health issues through wellbeing and mindfulness to other young people with limited access to the arts.

Working in partnership with Solent Mind, youth leaders at Theatre for Life will have the opportunity to plan and facilitate drama workshops, empowering other young people with positive comping strategies and wellbeing management.

Michelle Smith, Artistic Director at Theatre for Life said “Thank you so much for our grant, we are absolutely thrilled, this will allow us to work with more young people who have limited access to the arts due to financial constraints. We hope that Silent Mind will help to address the rising figures that we see locally in mental health, and we are delighted that over the last two years we have supported 1,198 young people through our workshops, and seen many of our young people go on to professional training in youth theatre.”

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Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF said “I would like to thank our HIWCF donors who generously match-funded the #iwill Programme, enabling us to support local groups working with young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds; that want to make a difference in their local communities. Young people have so much energy, enthusiasm and passion for the causes they support, and by taking action on the issues that matter to them, not only can they leave a legacy for local people and places, but the project also enables them to develop valuable personal skills that can really appeal to local businesses and employers, thus improving life opportunities and prospects.”

The #iwill Fund is a joint £40 million investment from DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund. UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has secured the funding on behalf of the network for the second time, to fund projects supporting the aims of the #iwill Campaign.

HIWCF is committed to raising funds to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the region. If you would like to find out more or make a donation to HIWCF, please look at our website

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  1. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant:

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  • The #iwill Fund 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.
  • The #iwill campaign is a collective effort involving over 900 partners from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for 10- to 20-year olds by the year 2020, wherever they live and whatever their background.
  • UK Community Foundations is the membership organisation for the national network of 46 accredited Community Foundations. Its priorities include raising the profile of the Community Foundation movement, building skills and capacity amongst its members, promoting local philanthropy and championing grassroots grant-making.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is largest community funder in the UK. It awards money raised money National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, they have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people

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