Funding success

Monday, 7 June 2021


Woodcraft Folk is one of 148 youth centres across England to recieve financial support fron Julia Hans Rausing to reopen our centres following COVID closures.

Julia and Hans Rausing are pleased to announce that 148 youth centres are to receive a total of £6.5 million as part of the £8 million Youth Centre Recovery Fund. The fund was an open application  programme making £8 million available to charities running youth centres across England to support young people and youth services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The remaining £1.5 million has been given to the charity UK Youth, which will be used to help small,  local youth centres at the heart of communities which were not eligible for funding as part of the main  fund. 

Youth centres in every region of England have been supported as part of the fund, with the largest  grant given totalling £428,155. 

Julia and Hans launched the Youth Centre Recovery Fund after seeing the need for support in the sector following the financial impact the pandemic has had on many charities. Studies from The National Youth Agency show 1 in 2 youth charities will be unable to meet operational costs within 12  months.  

The aim is to ensure that youth centres remain viable and are able to re-open and continue to deliver  much needed services. 

Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “The last year has been incredibly difficult for young people,  whose education and social lives have been severely interrupted by the pandemic. Youth Centres play  a vital role in providing young people with educational, leisure and social opportunities.  

Woodcraft Folk's Debs McCahon said "The Trustees and I are deliighted to recieve this financial support as we begin to reopen our centres after 14 months of closed doors. The support will enable us to purchase essential PPE and meet the ongoing running costs as we reopen under tight restrictions. This support truly helps to safeguard the financial sustainability of our centres and comes at the same time as our first camp in Scotland and the return of our first school to Lockerbrook."

About The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust 

Since its formation, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 600 grants totalling more than  £250 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: Health and Wellbeing;  Welfare and Education; and Arts and Culture. 

In 2020 Julia and Hans donated £38.5 million to charities in the UK including £16.5 million in  emergency funding to front line covid-19 related charities and £18 million via its Charity Survival Fund. 

The Trust exists to realise the philanthropy of Julia and Hans Rausing. 

More information about the charities, organisations and initiatives being supported by Julia and Hans  can be found at or on twitter: “@JHRTrust”