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West Cornwall Youth Trust seeks more funding applications

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The West Cornwall Youth Trust offers financial help to Cornish charities and other organisations that provide life enhancing programmes for youngsters aged 10 to 21.

To qualify, the young people must live in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly – roughly west of an imaginary line stretching from Newquay to St Austell, including Truro.  Support is only provided through organisations and applications by individuals are not considered.

The Trust is keen to support a wide range of activities designed to test, stretch and inspire young minds and bodies through projects that will teach vital life lessons and enrich their future prospects.

WCYT Trustee, Nick Fletcher, explained: “We believe that young people who take part in experiences that challenge them often come out the other side with invaluable life lessons which help as they continue on the path to adulthood.”

“We also recognise some activities are often expensive and consequently not every family can pay for the kind of activity which their children may like to take part in and that’s where the West Cornwall Youth Trust comes in.”

“The organisations to whom we give funding will meet our strict criteria in a number of ways.  These include providing activities that teach teamwork, self-discipline, responsibility and leadership. Other benefits can include improved self-esteem, confidence and general social skills as well as development in physical, moral and mental abilities.”


Close to £70,000 funding from West Cornwall Youth Trust for charities in Cornwall

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Charities supporting disadvantaged children in Cornwall have received close to £70,000 worth of funding from the West Cornwall Youth Trust.

The money will be spent on a huge variety of activities throughout the summer that will enhance the lives of all those taking part – many resulting in recognised qualifications.


BF Adventure and the West Cornwall Youth Trust celebrate their successful working relationship

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Nick Fletcher presents commemorative plaque to BF AdventureThe West Cornwall Youth Trust, a charity that provides funding opportunities for charities and organisations that work with young people throughout west Cornwall, has presented one of their long time partners, BF Adventure, with a plaque in recognition of their valued relationship.

The trust has been supporting the work of BF Adventure for over four years, working not only with the charity directly, but also providing financial support to other organisations, enabling them to take the young people they work with for adventure days at their outdoor activity centre.

“Organisations such as BF Adventure excel at what they do and deserve recognition,” said Trust Chairman, Nick Fletcher. “Something we acknowledge and encourage as a fund provider. The people involved with the charity are truly inspiring, and we’re proud to say that we’ve been a part of their journey.”

BF Adventure, based in Halvasso near Falmouth, aim to inspire, challenge and motivate people, especially young people, to develop their life skills and bring about positive change. The West Cornwall Youth Trust has supported them financially over the past few years several times, allowing them the opportunity to offer activities to young people from underprivileged areas.

“The work we do with young people is so important to the local community,” said Adrian Richards, CEO of BF Adventure. “We really appreciate all the support that we receive from organisations such as the West Cornwall Youth Trust and have enjoyed working with them over the last few years.”

For more information on BF Adventure, visit

Making a splash with The Wave Project

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Wave Project

The Wave Project is an award-winning not for profit company that helps young people feel more positive and overcome challenges through surfing! We run a peer-led programme that has proven benefits for young people who need to improve their confidence, self-esteem or motivation.

The Wave Project accepts referrals from anyone working professionally with vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 21. We also run some specific projects for adults with disabilities. Our past referrers have included the NHS, schools, CAMHS, social services, adult mental health services, GPs, family support services, counsellors and bereavment charities.

Past clients have found themselves better able to cope with the daily pressures of life, which in some cases has transformed their ability to tackle problems. If you’d like to know more, please contact us and request our latest evaluation report.

West Cornwall Youth Trust fund The Big Dance Company for a second year

Friday, February 28th, 2014

David Howard, Trustee for West Cornwall Youth Trust, presenting the cheque to the team and some of the students at the Big Dance CompanyThe West Cornwall Youth Trust, a local enterprise that helps charities working with disadvantaged or disabled children, has funded a second project with local charity and dance school, The Big Dance Company, based in Penzance.

The Trust’s financial support of £3,600 will be used for a bursary scheme to allow children from underprivileged backgrounds to come to the school and have an hour dance class each week. Fiona Richardson, director of the charity and professional dancer, has seen some fantastic results from working with the Trust.

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“We ran a similar project with West Cornwall Youth Trust last year and it’s great to see how many of the young people that got involved then have really integrated with the school already,” she said. “We really hope to achieve the same level of success – if not more – this year.”

The scheme in 2013 helped various young people from across Cornwall, many through Trelya, a charity aimed at supporting hard to reach young people. Emma Wilson from Trelya was delighted with the opportunities the scheme afforded to the children involved.

“All of the young people were thrilled with the opportunity of having a bursary to attend regular dance classes,” she said. “This recognition alone increased their self esteem and confidence, as it made them feel ‘special’, ‘important’ and ‘valued’.”

The Big Dance Company also supports any students that excel in further training if their families aren’t able to afford more classes. They have had great success in not only offering support to local children, but also in terms of producing talent. One of the teams, Flava, made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent and many of the dancers have also more recently competed in the UDO World Championships with great success.

“The best part of my job is when I can see that the projects we help to fund have been a success,” said Malcolm Woolcock, administrator for West Cornwall Youth Trust. “Fiona, Ben and the rest of the team at the Big Dance Company work hard to give as many children as possible the chance to get involved, and we’re thrilled we can be a part of that process.”

For more information on the Big Dance Company, visit or get in touch with us to find out if we could help your charity.

Barclays raises more than £5000 for West Cornwall Youth Trust

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Sonia Bass and Nick Fletcher drawing the winning raffle

Staff at Barclays Bank branches throughout Cornwall raised more than £5000 for West Cornwall Youth Trust in 2013.

 The bank chose the Trust as its charity of the year and fundraising activities included  holding a Cornish Day in each branch in April and a community Christmas party day in the week before Christmas.  Staff dressed up for both occasions, refreshments were served and raffles were held.

“Barclays encourages all its staff to get involved with the local community as much as possible – both in terms of volunteering and helping develop life and money skills,” said Truro Branch Manager Sonia Bass.  “As well as raising money for West Cornwall Youth Trust, we have also helped out at some of the events the charities they support organise – like Playfest, for example.

“The work that is going on to give our young people as good a start in life as possible is remarkable and we’ve been very proud to make our own contribution.”

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West Cornwall Youth Trust was set up in 2009 to help charitable organisations from St Austell westwards that are working with young people, aged approximately between 10 and 21, who are underprivileged, seriously financially constrained, socially disadvantaged or who have specific disabilities.

“Working with Barclays last year enabled the bank to offer practical help to some of the organisations that we’ve supported previously and also allowed us to offer donations to several more that applied to us during the year,” said trustee Nick Fletcher. “Our work, which is focused on charitable organisations that work with young people rather than individuals, will continue in 2014 and we are most grateful to Barclays for their help during 2013.”

For more information about West Cornwall Youth Trust, visit , email or call 07837 067585.

Cornish kids will be surfing through the winter thanks to WCYT funding

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The West Cornwall Youth Trust has awarded a £2,500 grant to The Wave Project Surf Club to help its members keep active throughout the winter.The grant will be spent on a series of water activities for club members, including cold water surfing, pool swimming and balance work on Cornwall’s Flowrider machine.

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Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor said: “Our members are all young people who have already overcome massive hurdles to take up surfing. The surf club enables them to make new friends and take part in a sport they love.But during winter, it becomes more difficult for them to go surfing as many of the surf schools close. For our members this can leave a massive gap in their lives at the most difficult time of year for them.

This grant from West Cornwall Youth Trust enables members to stay active and keep in touch with each other through surfing and Flowriding. It helps them build friendships and improve their personal and social skills.We are very grateful to the Trust for this generous grant which will help over 100 young people in Cornwall.”

The Wave Project surf club has been running since March 2012 and now has over 100 members, all of whom have had to face exceptional challenges in their lives such as bereavement, anxiety issues, disability or problems at school.

Malcolm Woolcock, from the West Cornwall Youth Trust, said: “We are pleased to be supporting The Wave Project once again this winter. The surf club is clearly having a very positive effect on some of Cornwall’s most disadvantaged young people.”
For further information, please contact Joe Taylor on 01872 248323. More information about the Wave Project can be found at

WILD Young Parents Project

Monday, January 28th, 2013

WILD is a specialist service for young mothers under 23 years and their children. WILD is a learning and development charity number 1097693, running groups across Cornwall since 1992. All of our target groups are mothers or mothers to be, commonly disadvantaged from training and employment opportunities, and experience the wider manifestations of social exclusion.