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GYPT awarded #iwill funding to engage young people

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £21,640 from the #iwill Fund to create a Youth Advisory Panel, to incorporate a youth voice into our organisation and embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people across the Borough.

Partnering with East Norfolk Sixth Form College and local youth charities, we will recruit a panel of Young Trustees to inform decision making within the Trust and design and deliver their own heritage projects. The Youth Board will be modelled on the current Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust Board of Trustees and will meet regularly to develop their own projects, which will be designed specifically to engage young people with the Borough’s culture and heritage. Representatives from the Youth Board will also be invited to attend the Trust’s quarterly board meetings, to feed back on the development of their own projects and provide opinions on the direction of the Trust’s current and future projects.

To further support the Young Trustees and provide opportunities for engagement with local heritage, we will develop a programme of regional site visits and work experience opportunities. Participants will be able to gain ‘behind the scenes’ access to heritage sites and meet people working in the sector, to enhance their understanding of the local heritage offer.

Bernard Williamson, Chairman of GYPT, says he welcomes the grant and the prospect of engaging young people in the work of the Preservation Trust: “Today conservation and preservation can be used not only to engage people but also to offer the opportunity to gain new skills. This #iwill grant will help the Trust engage with young people from not only East Norfolk Sixth Form College but across the Borough.”

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 Dulverton Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding this grant on behalf of the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.


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