THE High Sheriff of Cumbria is encouraging people to think about a career in youth work by offering fully funded training and grants to support salary costs.

David Beeby is supporting a three-year programme which aims to substantially increase the number of young people having access to support from youth workers to help them reach their full potential.

The unique initiative provides accredited training via Cumbria Youth Alliance and offers grants of up to £25,000 to community organisations setting up or providing new youth work opportunities for local people.

The Better Tomorrows Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, is now open for applications.

David said: “Many young people have had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic and are facing unprecedented challenges caused by interrupted education, uncertainty about the future and anxiety exacerbated by increases in poverty and family ill health.

“High-quality youth work has a crucial role to play helping many young people to achieve their full potential. Through participation in youth work, young people gain confidence and competence, develop self-assurance, and have the opportunity to establish high expectations and aspirations for themselves.

“I am extremely grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have generously supported this programme. Together we can make a difference to the lives of more young people”

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