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St John Ambulance receives £650,000 to help young people

 Hackney teenagers learn first aid

The Cabinet Office announced today a grant of £650,000 for our schools and youth projects. This exciting news means we will be able to help even more young people in disadvantaged communities.

About the funding

The funding comes from a £10m pot of government money raised through fines UK banks had to pay as a result of the LIBOR scandal. Banks involved had attempted to rig the London inter-banking interest rate (LIBOR).

The money will help deliver social action opportunities for young people through Youth United: a network of voluntary youth organisations that includes us, the Boys Brigade and Volunteer Police Cadets.

Minister Brooks Newmark makes the announcement

Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark, made the announcement at our RISE Shadwell unit today. Our RISE programme teaches first aid and leadership skills to young people who aren’t in employment, education or training.

Wendy Human, Director of Charitable Initiatives and Training for St John Ambulance, said: ‘We are delighted with this funding and with the Minister’s visit. The RISE programme has so far had huge success with 55% of participants in London in 2013 entering training or employment. This grant will allow us to continue to expand the programme across the country.’

During his visit to Shadwell, the MP joined in a debate about whether carrying a weapon is acceptable. He also took part in a St John Ambulance Stick-It session with volunteers from RISE, and so learnt how to deal with an injury inflicted using a gun or knife.

How the new funding will help save lives

The LIBOR fines will help us create more opportunities for young people in hard to reach communities to learn first aid. They too will then be able to treat these types of tragic injuries and help save lives.

Wendy said, ‘Every young person should have the opportunity to learn basic life saving skills. Creating over 6,000 new volunteering prospects will not only help us to build a generation of lifesavers, but also new futures for our young people.

‘Over the next year and a half, we will be working on developing our schools and youth projects across the country. This will help us achieve the social action we’re committed to as part of the Youth United network.’