Established by The Distillers’ Charity, the Youth Action Fund aims to transform the life chances of people, aged between 16 and 25, in Scotland who are facing significant barriers to reach their potential, and empower them to create positive change in their lives and their communities.
The Youth Action Fund, an ambitious new charity initiative from the Scotch Whisky industry launched on 8th March 2022, driven by a commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of young people across Scotland for the long term.
The Youth Action Fund is a major charitable initiative by the Distillers’ Charity, the philanthropic arm of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, which aims to make a difference to young people, helping them to reach their full potential, improve their life chances, and make a positive contribution to their communities.
The Youth Action Fund has been co-designed, building on the ambition of the Scotch Whisky Industry to make a positive impact on the lives of young people in their communities, in particular in communities which broadly sit aligned with the Scotch Whisky industry. The project is funded by the proceeds raised from the Distillers’ Charity One of One auction series, in collaboration with Sotheby’s.
Inspiring Scotland was appointed by The Distillers’ Charity to manage the Youth Action Fund.
Six charities, Aberdeen Foyer, Action for Children, FARE Scotland, Street League, ENABLE Works and the Alcohol Education Trust are engaged as delivery partners in the Youth Action Fund, working together, sharing best practice, with the constant aim of making their work – and the outcomes – as impactful as possible.
Inspiring Scotland also supports the organisations with rigorous evaluation, to continuously improve and develop new ways of working, and to nurture partnerships through shared goals and interests, as well as by strengthening governance, maximising efficiency and scaling social impact.
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Aberdeen Foyer supports people facing homelessness, unemployment, mental health issues and poverty. The charity believes everyone has a right to a positive future and aims to help people towards education, work and a stable place to live. Working in the city of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, the charity supports more than 1600 people a year toLearn More
Action for Children delivers crucial services across Scotland, providing practical and emotional care supporting young people. Working towards a vision that every child and young person should have a safe and happy childhood, the charity helps around 20,000 of the most disadvantaged young people in Scotland every year. Young people are identified through the ScottishLearn More
The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) is a national charity that supports schools, parents, carers, health educators and professionals supporting young adults to ensure that young people of all abilities are equipped with the resilience and life skills to make safer choices around alcohol and other substances. The Trust’s work in Scotland is an integral partLearn More
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The second Distillers One of One Auction took place last week, raising £2.25m from rare and remarkable Scotch Whisky. Hammer proceeds of £1.8 million from the auction will primarily benefit the Youth Action Fund, which aims to transform the lives of young people in Scotland aged between 16 and 25, in Scotland who are facingRead More
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