News News KIDS awarded three year grant from the Youth Investment Fund KIDS is delighted to announce it has been awarded a three year grant from the Youth Investment Fund which will enable us to provide vital support to vulnerable young people in the West Midlands. The Youth Investment Fund is jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund, using money raised by National Lottery players. KIDS will use the funds to establish two new weekly support groups for young people: one will support young disabled people and the other will support siblings and young carers. Activities will be focused on empowering young people to improve their wellbeing and developing their skills to stay well through a range of sports, arts, mindfulness and skill-building activities. Claire Reid, KIDS Regional Manager for the West Midlands, said: “We are extremely grateful to The Youth Investment Fund for enabling us to provide this much-needed support to young people in Dudley. We know adolescents with learning disabilities are six times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder than their non-disabled peers. This work will support some of Dudley’s most vulnerable young people to build friendships, develop their confidence and skills, improve their wellbeing, and be a part of their community.” Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “This funding will help provide more opportunities for young people to build their confidence, discover new talents and reach their potential. It will be great to see young people getting involved in the design of these activities, making sure they reflect what matters to them and their lives.” Notes to editors The £40 million Youth Investment Fund is jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund using money raised by National Lottery players. A total of 91 youth organisations across England have now benefited from funding. New Philanthropy Capital and the Centre for Youth Impact are working with all the organisations supported by the programme to evaluate the impact of their work with young people.