City Year UK receives royal recognition

We’re thrilled to announce that the Queen’s Trust has donated £1 million to City Year UK. This funding, our  largest one-year gift, recognises the impact, achievements and dedication of the young volunteers who deliver our pioneering approach.  

The funding will open up thousands more opportunities, particularly in the West Midlands and the North-West, and will boost our campaign to gain legal status for full-time volunteers.

Chief Executive of City Year UK, Sophie Livingstone, said: “We’ve worked hard over the last six years to make sure that what we do really works – both for the young people who volunteer with us and the children they support.  Attendance among the children we support is up, behaviour is better, aspirations are higher and attainment has improved.  And, despite the tough youth employment market, our graduates’ track record of changing children’s lives is helping them achieve the careers they deserve.

“Thanks to The Queen’s Trust, we can now invest in key areas to bring these benefits to thousands more children and young people. I’d like to add that it’s a testament to the calibre and extraordinary commitment of our young people, that City Year UK is one of only a handful of charities to be singled out for this level of funding. I’m so proud of them.”

The Queen’s Trust’s investment also comes as City Year UK calls for the government to recognise a year of voluntary service in law.

Sophie continues: “While gap years abroad have long been seen as a rite of passage in this country, young people who give a year aren’t getting the credit or support their contribution deserves. They’re even designated as NEET (not in education, employment or training). It’s high time that’s changed – they need a proper legal status.”

The notion of young people giving their time to support others is at the core of what The Queen’s Trust set out to do when it was first established in 1977.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Trustee of the Queen’s Trust said:  The Queen’s Trust has long supported City Year UK because of the alignment with our core purpose of young people helping others. City Year volunteers have given over a million hours of service in schools to children and young people and we have seen the exceptional impact they have.  We are delighted and proud to be associated with City Year UK and the work they are doing.”

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