Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund used to continue support for LGBTQ+ young people during lockdown

THE Kite Trust received a grant from Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby’s Youth and Community Fund in May to enable them to continue to support LGBTQ+ young people during lockdown.

The money was used to purchase laptops and accessories to allow staff to work remotely and shift the service provided from face-to-face to an online platform.

The Kite Trust work closely with young LGBTQ+ people to provide advice and support for a variety of challenges they face. This could include how to stay safe online, managing family relationships and coming out, to supporting those that might be at risk of domestic abuse as a result of their sexual orientation.

“Receiving a grant from the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund has enabled us to respond effectively to a demand for continuing support and has enabled us to extend our provision during lockdown,” explains The Kite Trust Chief Executive, Pip Gardener.

“During lockdown we have been able to provide necessary support to around 200 young people, whether that be delivered on a 1:1 basis or through online youth groups.”

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby said that he was pleased that his fund had enabled the charity to adapt the way they offer support. “I realise how important it is that all young people can access much needed help and guidance during these difficult times,” he said.

The Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund, now in its 5th year, supports young people to actively participate and contribute where they live, helping them to become active members of their community and lead more fulfilling lives.

The Fund is open to voluntary and community organisations who can apply for grants of up to £3,000 towards their project. More information about the terms and conditions of the funding can be found here.


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