Summarise the benefits to the Funding Body

  • small, one-off project
  • asset based
  • easy to describe
  • quick to deliver
  • delivers proven community benefits
  • obvious when it’s complete

Summarise the benefits to your Community

  • Youth shelter projects provide a focus for those local agencies with an interest in and responsibility for teenagers to work together and co-ordinate efforts to fundraise and deliver
  • Youth shelters are a positive, predictable and permanent alternative to the disorder and damage 12-16 year olds can cause when they adopt and meet in places designed for others
  • Youth shelters are a physical and visible demonstration of local commitment to cater for the basic, social need of young people to meet friends rather than treating it as a problem to solve
  • By drawing 12-16 year olds away from the unsuitable places they meet now, youth shelters remove the opportunity to offend and intimidate others and reduce the cost and fear of damage and disorder
  • Youth shelters are always open, fast to deliver and work immediately to tackle existing issues and also into the future as an early stage intervention to prevent offending
  • Involving young people in the process of selecting and locating their youth shelter engages them with their local community, often for the first time, making them part of it and less likely to damage it or want to see it damaged
  • By focusing teenagers and all their behaviours in one place, a youth shelter provides opportunities for police, the youth service and community and voluntary groups to identify and engage with young people, influence their behaviour and, where appropriate, signpost them into other support networks
  • Adding an affordable youth shelter to an existing play or sport facility extends the community value of the whole investment because youth shelters are inclusive. They cater for the ‘hard to reach’ groups who are either unwilling or unable to take part in active, organised sport such as girls, disaffected young people and young people with disabilities and health and development issues
  • Co-location of a youth shelter alongside or near to existing youth facilities also helps ensure support from local residents as those most directly affected already accept teenage activity in that area
  • Youth shelters are designated by the British Standards Institute as recreational seating rather than active play equipment. This permits installation into hard wearing surfaces like concrete and protects the Purchasing Authority against bogus claims arising from alleged misuse
  • Being low-maintenance, unsupervised facilities, youth shelters have no ongoing staff or revenue costs to finance or human resource issues to manage
  • Police consider a youth shelter to be a more socially acceptable dispersal option than separating groups of under-16s, helping build public confidence in the effectiveness of community policing and the effective operation of other local arrangements such as Alcohol Exclusion Zones

Include a realistic budget

  • To complete your youth shelter installation, you need to get quotes for (1) Supply (2) Delivery (3) Installation and (4) Surfacing. As the grant applicant, if you are not registered for VAT you need to make sure the amount applied for includes VAT. Fundraising is hard enough without the target moving so rekk's quotes are FIXED for at least 12 months to allow you time to approach potential Funders.

Get help and advice

  • As you may know, Groundwork operate through a network of regional Trusts and you can find the one that covers your area by visiting www.groundwork.org.uk.