A fund created to help young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to learn new skills has been given a funding boost. The Staffordshire Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) has been told the Government will match fund all donations made before the end of the year – meaning a £5,000 donation from cutlery firm Arthur Price has now become £10,000. The money will be used to help teenagers across the region learn new volunteering skills to benefit the wider community. The YSAF has now set a target of £50,000 to help create a £100,000 pot to help local groups, registered charities and social enterprises who have opportunities for young people aged 10 to 20. Previous schemes have included teaching new skills such as computer coding, bike maintenance and nail art, interview techniques and how to grow vegetables. Simon Price, chief executive of Arthur Price said: “Young people are our future and we should do all we can to help them on their journey of life. “It’s very tough in the current climate to not only contribute money, but also give time to help the local community but we should all do as much as we can. This is a fantastic opportunity to double any money you can donate through match funding and so make a huge difference to your local community.” Steve Adams, chief executive of the Community Foundation For Staffordshire said he hoped other organisations would follow Arthur Price’s lead. “This is a great opportunity to create a large fund in a very short space time and target groups in need during 2018,” he said. “We fund projects ranging from traditional social action, such as regular youth volunteering at a care home, to newer ways to create positive social impact, such as micro-volunteering activities where people decide what they want to do. “We want to fund enjoyable projects that build and share skills and demonstrate positive impact on the wider community including simple, basic things like making new friends, trying out new activities and improving life skills. “I am delighted Arthur Price has kickstarted our funding raising initiative and I wish to thank them for their support. I would welcome the opportunity to chat to other firms about how not only their work could be doubled in size, but also how they could actively be part of the scheme and see, touch and feel the difference they make.” For more details visit www.staffsfoundation.org.uk.