Fundraising & Events

Find out more about fundraising activities and events in support of Youth Action Wiltshire.

Fundraising & Events

Find out more about fundraising activities and events in support of Youth Action Wiltshire.

Fundraising Events

Chippenham Lions Auction of Promises

Carols by Candlelight

Youth Action Wiltshire invites you to Carols by Candlelight to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of Wiltshire Young Carers Service.

The event will take place on Friday 8th December 2023 (7pm) at Malmesbury Abbey. Drinks and canapes will be served following the service.

Proceeds will fund a programme of exciting and fun respite activities for Wiltshire Young Carers, including music and songwriting, workshops, art, wildlife and adventure activities.

To request tickets, please complete the ticket application form or email Ginnie Keen: ginniekeen@gmail.com.

Salisbury Cathedral (Credit: Finnbarr Webster)

Photo Credit: Finnbarr Webster

A Unique Concert for Wiltshire

A Unique Concert for Wiltshire will be held at the historic Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 8 February 2024 to raise vital funds for key Wiltshire charities Youth Action Wiltshire, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.

Tickets are on sale from Monday 20 November 2023 (10am), with prices starting from £15. More information about the event can be found in our blog post about the event:

A Unique Concert for Wiltshire.

Seats can be booked online from https://tinyurl.com/uniquewiltshire or by calling the Salisbury Cathedral box office on 01722 656 555.

We look forward to welcoming you to this very special event.

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Make a Donation

You can support our work by making a donation to Youth Action Wiltshire.

Friends of YAW

You can also support our work by becoming a Friend of Youth Action Wiltshire.

Fundraising Events

Show your support by attending fundraising events throughout the year.

Our Impact

Kerry's Story

I first got involved with Youth Action Wiltshire in 2012, after Wiltshire’s Crisis Intervention Team referred me to Youth Action Wiltshire’s Young Carers Service. This was because of the substantial caring roles I have had within my family, both for my brother and mum…

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B's Story

B was bullied at school because he struggled in class more than the other young people, B has a learning difficulty, which had caused him frustration. This bullying caused anxiety and impacted on B’s confidence and self-esteem which in turn affected B’s ability to…

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K's Story

K was referred to our ‘Inspire’ programme by her Wiltshire Council NEET worker, as she was currently NEET. K had completed a L1 sports course at college but wasn’t able to continue on the L2 sport course due to housing difficulties which had…

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P's Story

P was referred to our Wiltshire Young Carers Service, as she was caring for her mum, who has Scheuermann’s Disease and PTSD. We have worked with P since she was 12, at that time she was suffering with depression and this was effecting her home, social and school life…

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S's Story

Having four older siblings can be great fun, but when one of them has ADHD and one has mental health issues, family life can be very intense. This is S’s story, who also tragically lost a parent to an unexpected death…

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A's Story

A was referred to Project Inspire, as he was Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), having left secondary school before sitting any GCSE exams. A had been looking for a job for a number of months, but hadn’t had any luck…

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The need for our work continues to grow

COVID-19 and the associated Lockdowns, have exacerbated the issues young people accessing our Targeted Youth Support Services tell us they face. Specifically the detrimental affect the pandemic and associated lockdowns have had on their mental health.

A national survey carried out by Carers Trust, shows that 58% of young carers are caring for longer, 40% say their mental health is worse, 67% are more worried about their futures & 66% are feeling more stressed since Coronavirus. Looking after a parent or family member who is terminally ill, disabled or has a mental health issue, has a significant impact upon a young carer. National studies carried out by The Carers Trust show that 27% of young carers (aged 11–15 years) miss school or experience educational difficulties. 68% of young carers report they have been bullied or feel isolated. Without interventions, young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, the equivalent to nine grades lower overall than their peers and they are more than twice as likely to be Not in Education, Employment of Training (NEET).

Splash supports young people facing a wide range of challenges in life, the impact of this is different for each young person, but without appropriate interventions, self-esteem, mental health, risk taking behaviour and the development of lasting positive relationships can all be negatively affected.

Being Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) is associated with negative outcomes later in life, including unemployment, reduced earnings, poor health and depression.

The volunteers who lead Wiltshire’s youth clubs, face a range of challenges, including a lack of appropriately trained youth leaders and funding for their club’s activities.

YAW Funding

In 2020 to 2021 we spent approximately £676,000 on our Wiltshire Young Carers, Splash, Young Victims Of Crime, Project Inspire, Oxenwood Outdoor Education and Youth Club Support Services.

We are extremely grateful to each and every one of our donors, funding partners & supporters, who make our work with Wiltshire’s young people possible.

Get Involved

01380 729 813

fundraising@youthactionwiltshire.org