Young London Inspired provides small grants to voluntary sector organisations, community groups, and small charities to run projects which encourage young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action. 

Young London Inspired is delivered in partnership with a number of organisations, including Team London, #iwill, and vInspired. We fund projects for young people with an emphasis on how volunteering and social action can benefit resilience and mental health. There is a particular focus on projects who work with young people who may be disproportionately at risk of  mental ill health.

Case Study – Buzzin’ at St Mary’s Secret Garden

The Buzzin’ project’ at St Mary’s Secret Garden in Hackney helps young people experiencing poor mental health learn valuable life skills through beekeeping, besides many other skills. Buzzin’ has been running since May 2019 and will work with 20-30 participants between the ages of 12 and 25.

Three of the participants on the programme have recently won awards at the 2019 National Honey Show.

Case Study – Somali Advice and Forum of Information (SAAFI

SAAFI helps Somali young people at risk of exclusion. They take part in group workshops while receiving one-to-one mentoring from Somali university students. They then take up volunteer placements in their local community.

Thirteen year old Ubeyd Hassan is a student from Brent. Ubeyd used to have disruptive outbursts at school and, as a result, had been expelled for a period of time. Ubeyd joined their programme for young Somali people and has gone through a transformation. During one-to-one sessions, Ubeyd opened up to Sagal and explained that wanted to improve his self-confidence. They worked together on how he could change his outlook and attitude.

Read more about Ubeyd’s journey here (opens in a new window).

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