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Vodafone Foundation launches €˜Reach' programme

Vodafone Foundation launches €˜Reach' programme

The Vodafone UK Foundation has launched its second flagship funding programme, offering £5m funding over three years for work helping 16 to 25 year olds facing exclusion from society.

Reach will fund charities working in collaboration – either in pairs or wider groups. The Foundation hopes that through working in collaboration and establishing this approach at the outset, the Reach programme can drive a step change to service delivery for young people.

The first programme brought together Shelter, Samaritans and Youthnet. During the programme, the Foundation board saw the collaboration between organisations evolve over the three years, and realised the value it could bring in providing more effective services for young people.

Head of the Vodafone UK Foundation Sarah Shillito said: For the Reach programme, the vision of working together will be crucial to deciding the successful entrant and we hope that charities will be inspired by this opportunity. We too will be collaborating, working with the charities to help them shape what I hope to be a high impact programme, making a difference to young people’s lives.

Closing date for applications is 17 August and the winning programme will be announced in October with work starting in January 2008.

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