Everything you need to know about vInspired Cashpoint
By vJoe 17th April 12
Vinspired Cashpoint has officially opened for business once again, giving young people the opportunity to bring those ideas to life.
We’re offering grants of up to £500 to enable you to change your community for the better.
What’s Cashpoint all about?
Ever wished you could make a positive difference to an issue that affects your community, but not sure how to do it? Cashpoint can make it happen.
If your idea is chosen, we’ll give you the support to get things off the ground. But the best thing about Cashpoint is that you’re in charge.
You’ll have total control over your chosen project and can bring about the positive change in your community just the way you imagined it.
What kind of projects could I run?
As long as your idea is for the benefit of helping others – we’ll consider it! The possibilities are endless…
In 2010 Bashir, 21, from Newham, received funding through Cashpoint to assist with Engage and Raise, his idea for a youth led project which aims to support young people who are not in full time education or employment (NEETS).
His project armed young people with the tools and advice to find their way into work schemes, education or paid employment.
Bashir said: “Seeing the change in people is the best feeling. Hopelessness turning into hope makes it all worthwhile… The thing people have to realise is that most youths, who are caught up in crime etc, really do want to change. This is what I have discovered.
“Volunteering is great, it makes me care even more about the things I already care about, such a my community, and young people being given a chance”
This is just one example of the kind of thing you could run. But we’re always open to new and interesting ideas. Over the six years that Cashpoint has been running, young people have used their creativity and passion to develop all sorts of projects, including:
• Stand-up comedy sessions to help young people build their confidence
• Cycling lessons to help give young women from Bangladeshi communities independence
• A community ‘earth ship’ to educate local people about eco-friendly living
How do I get involved?
Inspired by some of the ideas above? Want to change your community for the better?
If you’re between 14-25 years-old, you can register your interest for vInspired Cashpoint now.
Unsure about your project idea? Still have questions about how vInspired Cashpoint works?
Post your feedback and questions below and we’ll try and provide you with the answers.