EXPECT Youth announce official charity status

30 January 2019

EXPECT Youth are delighted to announce that we have been granted official charity status by the Charity Commission.

The detailed application process took almost a year to complete but this new milestone means that the EXPECT Youth team can continue the journey to bring long-term sustainability by securing investment in our creative and innovative services. 

Our core objectives will continue to be:

 

  • Inform and contribute to an ongoing strategic vision for local children’s and youth services, in collaboration with statutory partners;
  • Support the continued availability of an effective and sustainable universal local youth offer.
  • Act as a broker to secure, deliver and distribute public and charitable funding, increasing the overall amount of local investment in children’s and youth services;
  • Capacity build neighbourhood level voluntary organisations, including managing the dedicated Quality Mark scheme, to improve the range and quality of youth services;
  • Promote best practice and innovation in children’s and youth services, better utilising community assets to reach and engage more young people;
  • Act as a single gateway for all information on local children’s and youth services;
  • Contribute to the fulfilment of wider local priorities and strategies set by local authorities and other agencies with overall responsibility for children’s and youth services.

Charitable status will greatly assist the EXPECT Youth team to develop new opportunities, particularly in our essential life skills programme.

Chief Executive Officer, Peter Norman commented: “EXPECT Youth is a shining example of how coordinated partnership working can make a successful, tangible difference to how youth services are delivered.  Our organisation is made up of several charitable trusts, private and public sector bodies and community interest companies, all of whom put young people at the centre of all that they do.  EXPECT Youth becoming a charity takes our organisation to the next level. From here, we can now begin to make an even bigger difference to the lives and aspirations of young people across the borough.

Collectively, our programmes are supporting children and young people to develop into healthy, outgoing, ambitious individuals who want to do well at school and gain access to our activities across the borough.  These outcomes are greatly enhanced when young people possess ‘essential life skills’ such as self-confidence, self-control, perseverance and engaged citizenship. Much of what we offer consists of free extra-curricular activities and we want to increase even further the number of young people accessing them.

As a charity we will continue to particularly work with the voluntary youth organisations across the borough and schools/communities who do so much to support children and young people, particularly those from deprived backgrounds.  We will continue to give them direct support and bring added-value wherever and whenever we can.”

EXPECT Youth’s charity number is 1181488.   

EXPECT Youth currently consists of: Club Doncaster Foundation, Flying Futures, Doncaster Community Arts (Darts), Doncaster Culture Leisure Trust, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Active Fusion, the Chamber of Commerce, Public Health and Doncaster Council Youth Services.

For more information, contact the team on 01302 637276.