ERVAS staff celebrate after scooping £277,880 Lottery cash for Volunteen Voice young people project
Staff at East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), which supports organisations in the Pocklington and district area, are celebrating after landing a National Lottery fund jackpot.
ERVAS has been being awarded £277,880 to support its new Volunteen Voice project, which is making a difference to children and young people living across the area.
The Volunteen Voice project has been developed and shaped by young people, as well as those groups, organisations and services who work with them.
The service will use the cash to develop and deliver a range of exciting activities that will encourage and support children and young people to have a say about things that affect them and issues they feel are important.
ERVAS has been delivering youth volunteering and social action activities since 2010, to encourage, recognise and reward children and young people’s volunteering and social action achievements within the East Yorkshire area.
The funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will see a variety of new activities for children and young people to participate in, locally, regionally and nationally.
Detty Tyler, children and young people’s services coordinator at ERVAS said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.
“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of youth voice opportunities available to local children and young people.
“This is more important than ever, as due to the pandemic, children and young people have found it even more difficult to have their say about the things that matter to them.
“Volunteen Voice will enable them to have their voices heard and ensure they are listened to locally, regionally and nationally.”
Devan Witter BEM, engagement and development officer at ERVAS says: “The news about securing this funding is fantastic, this now means that we can continue to support young people further, and ensure that they have a voice in the development of local services and activities that affect them.”