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Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants totalling £2.5 million to small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2022.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands – Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, Greater Manchester’s Youth Leads UK has received nearly £50,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to upskill and support underprivileged young people get ahead in life.

The money granted to Youth Leads UK will fund its Youth Leadership Programme, Xplode Magazine, social action projects, skills development opportunities and enable life-changing benefits to families and individuals in the local community.

Youth Leads UK Leadership Programme Participant Alisha, said:

“I’ve grown Youth Leads in terms of confidence, especially when it comes to public speaking and having a leadership role. I’ve definitely improved in communicating and speaking to new people. Before Youth Leads, I don’t think I was ever confident in things like that.”

The funding from Global’s Make Some Noise provides a vital lifeline in communities – from food banks to befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes to domestic abuse refuges, from employment opportunities to physical therapy for people with disabilities. 

Saeed Atcha MBE DL, CEO of Youth Leads UK said:

“Thanks to Global’s Make Some Noise, we’ll be able to support an additional 300 young people over the next 2 years to develop their skills, boost their potential and get involved in their communities. The funding will also go towards a pay increase for our youth workers to support them during the cost of living crisis.”

 This year, the charities that Global’s Make Some Noise supports will receive £5,000 in unrestricted funds to support with the growing impact of the cost-of-living crisis and to help keep their doors open. Many charities are facing growing waiting lists and unprecedented demand for their services, whilst facing increased energy bills and costs for frontline staff.

Suzanne Ryder Richardson, Director of Global Goodness at Global, said: 

“It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone and as the cost of living continues to increase, more people are turning to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. With that in mind, I’m so pleased that Global’s Make Some Noise is able to help charities at the centre of the communities they serve and we will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”

Since its launch in 2014, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 440 incredible local projects, helping 175,000 vulnerable people across the UK. 

Global’s Make Some Noise is changing lives across the UK through small charities. Its annual appeal raises awareness for some of the biggest issues affecting society and gives charities a platform to reach an audience of more than 26 million weekly listeners with on-air promotion on Global’s radio brands: Capital, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.