Tribune Trust grant boosts new social action group

Young people in Driffield are being encouraged to make a real difference to their community by taking part in a new social action group thanks to funding received from the Tribune Trust.

High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire Jacky Bowes visited Driffield Youth Action (DYA) last week to present a cheque for £3,000 which is the first installment of £5,000 of funding from the trust.

The funding will be used by DYA to give young people the opportunity to take on voluntary roles within their community working alongside existing groups.

The group is looking for young people who are passionate about the community and want to make a difference to join the group and have a pivotal role in planning the type of projects they will be involved in.

Ellie Kratz, development co-ordinator at DYA, thanked the Tribune Trust for their grant and said the funding is a real boost to the group.

She said: “We are so grateful to the Tribune Trust for this funding.

“We will be using the funding to start a new social action group to support young people with voluntary opportunities.

“The projects will be youth led and they will lead the research and planning of the projects and we hope to work with existing organisations to develop their ideas.

“We are appealing for young people who are interested in volunteering, passionate about their community and want to make a difference to get in touch.

“Those young people taking part will develop important life skills such as setting a budget and managing finances, planning and preparation, working with different organisations and will build important social, organisational and team building skills.

“We will also look to use the funding to develop our links with Driffield School and to enhance the equipment we have at DYA for the young people.”

The High Sheriff of The East Riding of Yorkshire Jackie Bowes presents a cheque for £3000 on behalf of the Tribune Trust

DYA runs a Wednesday evening youth club from 5:30-8:30pm, as well as allotment sessions on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Cemetery Lane.

Ellie said they are always looking for new opportunities and projects to engage young people in the town.
She added: “We are always looking for new ideas and ways to engage with more young people and we would love to hear from young people who have ideas about the type of activities they would like to see us provide.

“Funding, such as the grant from the Tribune Trust, allows us to expand the opportunities we can offer and reach a wider range of young people.

“It is a very generous amount and is a real boost to us.”

The Tribune Trust is a unique partnership between the High Sheriffs of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Humberside Police and the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service that makes grants to help groups and communities reduce crime and make their areas safer.

The Trustees are especially keen to support initiatives involving young people.

East Riding High Sheriff Jacky Bowes said: “When we received the application from DYA, we felt what they were proposing to do sat well with our aims and ambitions as a trust.

“DYA is helping local youth to have a voice and engage in projects in their local community, making a positive impact and we all need to encourage that.

“As High Sheriff, I was especially pleased to be able to support the work of young people in our home town.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Driffield Youth Action and would like to get involved please email

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