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ERVAS celebrates after receiving £277,880 from the National Lottery to help children and young people living in East Riding to have their say on things that are important to them.

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ERVAS celebrates after receiving £277,880 from the National Lottery to help children and young people living in East Riding to have their say on things that are important to them.

Local charity, East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd is today celebrating after being awarded £277,880 in National Lottery funding to support its new Volunteen Voice project, supporting children and young people living in East Riding. The organisation based in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, 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 that are important to them.

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.

Volunteen Voice is their latest project, following on from the previous Volunteen Plus project, which you can find out more about here. It has been developed and shaped by young people, as well as those groups, organisations and services who work with them. The new 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.

At the same time, ERVAS will be able to work with their existing partners who provide youth voice opportunities, as well as encourage more communities, groups and services to involve children and young people in having their say about a wide range of topics.

Detty Tyler, Children and Young People’s Services Coordinator at ERVAS says: “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. Over the last 3 years, young people have been heavily involved in developing social action projects to improve their local communities, and this further funding means that young people can continue to do this, in another way. This project will provide further opportunities to young people in our area, and will be of great benefit to many more in the next 3 years to come.”

Read Volunteen Plus Evaluation Report

About The National Lottery Community Fund

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