Clarion Futures to expand youth ambassador programmes across the country


A UK-wide youth programme delivered by the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) and led by Clarion Futures (the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group) and Peabody is set to invest £1.68 million to support its vital work with young people.

The National Lottery and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are each investing £20million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. The fund exists to make involvement in social action projects a part of life for young people, realising the benefits for them and their communities.

Led by Clarion Futures, the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) Volunteering Academy has received a grant of £840,000 from the #iwill Fund. Clarion Futures and HAYN partner Peabody are providing match funding – giving the project a total budget of £1.68 million pounds over three years.

The investment will allow Clarion Futures’ existing model of community ambassador programmes for social housing residents (aged 11-19) to be expanded across the country. To deliver the programmes on the ground, other housing associations and non-profit youth organisations will have the opportunity to apply for a £10,000 start-up grant, and will be supported by national youth charities UK Youth and Vinspired.

The plan is to launch 20 new community ambassador programmes each year for the next three years, with the first new schemes in Preston and the West Midlands.

Community ambassador programmes see teams of young people work together for 12 months on social action projects which make a positive difference in their communities. Previous projects have included activities to promote gender equality, develop community allotments and a youth crime prevention initiative.

Peabody will deliver Young Leader programmes in London, which will support 720 people to design and deliver events, workshops and activities which will benefit 1,600 of their peers and the wider community.

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said:

“The benefits of the community ambassador programme have been extraordinary for our young people and their communities. We are delighted to be working with #iwill and HAYN to support more youth-led social action projects across the country.”

Lajaune Lincoln, Head of Young Peoples’ Services at Peabody, said:

“This funding is a major boost for hundreds of young people across London. By working in partnership with others, we can provide the resources and support to help young Londoners to become exceptional leaders and support themselves, their peers and wider communities.”

Gemma Bull, England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“This new partnership with Clarion Futures, as part of the #iwill Fund, provides an exciting opportunity to support young people to develop their skills and confidence. Thanks to National Lottery players we’re able to work with partners and their networks to reach more young people, enabling them to take the lead in creating new social action opportunities that benefit themselves and their local communities.”