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Stansted Gives A Helping Hand To Young Volunteers With BOOST! Bursary Awards

24 Nov 2009

A new youth bursary scheme designed to help and encourage young people to volunteer in their local community has been launched by Stansted Airport in partnership with the charity WorldWide Volunteering (WWV).

The BOOST! Bursary awards will help young people aged between 16 and 19 who live within 25 miles of Stansted Airport to set up and take part in voluntary projects by contributing to the costs of food, accommodation and transport.

While any voluntary project will be considered for the scheme, preference will be given to projects which involve three young people or more, improve the local community environment and at the same time help build skills. The projects should be designed by the young people themselves. Funding for the scheme comes from Stansted’s own grant-making charity, BAA Communities Trust.

Applicants will be asked to write a short 500 word proposal, outlining what sort of voluntary work they intend to do and how the community will benefit from the project. The deadline for entries is 7th January, 2010. Entries will be judged by a committee including representatives from BAA Communities Trust and WorldWide Volunteering, and the winners of the BOOST! bursaries will be announced in February 2010.

WorldWide Volunteering is an educational charity that works in 850 schools, colleges and youth clubs in the UK, promoting volunteering to 50,000 young people each year. It has a free on-line database of 1.5m voluntary opportunities.

BAA Communities Trust is a grant making charity established by BAA to help communities close to its airports, including Stansted. Since it was first set up in 1996, it has made grants worth a total of nearly £5 million on projects which create opportunities for young people, help protect the environment and remove barriers to the world of work.

Caroline Nicholls, Director of the Trust, said "BAA Communities Trust is delighted to be supporting the BOOST! scheme run by WorldWide Volunteering. This is a fantastic opportunity for local young people to secure support for a wide range of innovative volunteering projects, and we look forward to receiving many applications from the Stansted area."

For further information about the scheme and to send in completed applications, please go to http://baabursaries.wwv.org.uk

Notes to editors:

  • BAA Stansted Airport contributed over £620,000 to 220 local community organisations through charitable funding in 2008.
  • Further information contact the Stansted Airport press office on 01279 680534, BAA Communities Trust – Caroline Nicholls on  07836 342495; Peter Sharp –   Worldwide Volunteering on 01935 825588
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