Thank you to National Lottery players for helping ‘Make Amazing Happen’.

Team CANW are celebrating today after being awarded £160K over 3 years in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

This funding will allow us to support young people who receive a No Further Action (NFA) in relation to an offence they have been involved in.

We aim to engage with young people and support them with their NFA and reduce the risk of them future offending.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.

During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.

Carl Simms, Youth Engagement Manager for CANW said:

“Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can get to the root cause of the young people’s behaviour; we are able to help them Break the Cycle and make better choices so they don’t reoffend.

We can already see a positive difference the project is making to some of the young people,  families and the community. This will make a big difference to people’s lives.”

“Thank You for helping me get this, you are helping me change my life around and I feel so much better.”

Liam* was referred into our pilot project – ‘Break the Cycle’ for low level assault,  criminal damage and not in education. Liam* was isolated and missing his friends.

Following an initial home visit and assessment, a plan was put in place to get Liam* back into education, however this had to be the right educational setting to meet his needs of which he gained a place with a specialist school.

Liam* was very anxious; therefore work was completed around coping strategies. Through participation with Liam* we supported him with an activity of his choice – Boxing. This allowed him to get his frustrations out by being involved in physical well-being as well as keeping him off the streets.

Liam is now in education and not causing criminal damage or assault due to having nothing to do.

To learn more about our Youth Engagement programme contact Manager, Carl: