In Funding Stories, Life skills, education & employability

Project: The Inspiration Programme (year 2 pilot)
Grant: £5,000
Fund: #iwill

The Inspiration Programme is an innovative personal development course for young people aged 16-17 years. The programme is designed to broaden the horizons, thinking and experience of young people, to make them aware of how our society works and help them understand their place in it. The Inspiration Programme runs for one academic year and covers a varied range of activities and trips.

During the year two pilot the programme was delivered to 200 children from seven educational establishments across Buckinghamshire – Bucks College Group, Aspire Pupil Referral Unit, Milton Keynes Academy, Aylesbury Vale Academy, Bourne End School, Mandeville School and Bucks UTC.

Nick Lund, Development Director at Action 4 Youth said:

The project provided significant learning opportunities and life experiences to young people and also helped to develop key employability skills every young person will need in adult life so those who take part have a head start for the next stage of their career.

The project continues to be a learning process for everyone involved as it is developed and honed but has proved that it works in developing young people, growing their confidence and improving their team working and communication skills, therefore, achieving its core purpose.

Moving into its third year and due to its success the project has now been bought by Buckinghamshire County Council for trial in up to eight schools.

Watch the video below to find out how the Inspiration Programme has helped a number of young people:


This grant was specifically used towards the staff costs associated with running the programme.

To find out more about Action 4 Youth, please visit their website