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Youth Leads UK is awarded a team of business experts and funding to tackle the cost-of-living crisis

Youth Leads UK, a Greater Manchester charity supporting young people with skills development and social action opportunities has had the impact of its current services and future ambitions recognised with its selection as a 2023 Weston Charity Awards winner.

The award gives the charity the chance to invest in its future with ten months of strategic planning support from a dedicated team of four business experts, thanks to pro bono charity Pilotlight and a core grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Youth Leads UK was chosen from over 100 applicants, all of whom are frontline charities delivering youth, welfare, community or environment services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales. Other local/regional charities to be selected are ARC, Drop Zone Youth Projects and EMERGE 3Rs.

Saeed Atcha MBE DL, Youth Leads UK CEO said:

“We’ve just celebrated 10 years of youth social action, something I never could’ve imagined when I founded Youth Leads UK as a teenager. The challenges facing young people, particularly those underrepresented and underprivileged, are getting more difficult to overcome. This award and associated support from business experts will help us futureproof Youth Leads UK to support many more young people in the years to come.”

In congratulating Youth Leads UK, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said:  

Our Trustees are delighted to be able to support a record number of charities this year through the Weston Charity Awards. The Awards underscore the Foundation’s passion for nurturing and empowering charities to thrive and support those who need it most.”

Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting Youth Leads UK with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said:

When you fall, you want someone to catch you. Small charities offer a safety net for so many people who are vulnerable and in need. Yet small charities typically do not have the support and help that they need themselves in order to sustain their work and spread their impact. We are proud to be able to assist 23 inspiring charities through the Weston Charity Awards over the coming year.”