We recently held our Ideas Made Real PowerPlan weekend, where we invited over 80 young people aged 16-24, their organisations and support staff into Games HQ for a weekend of activities, workshops, and plenty of upskilling.

More importantly, this was a great weekend to build connections with other like-minded young people from across the West Midlands, with a passion for building social action projects in their own communities.

To support them moving foward, and to help build their social campaigns, we are now looking for like-minded organisations across the West Midlands who can walk with them on this journey and help them build their ideas and turn them into a reality. Making Ideas Real.

If your organisation would like to be involved and help young people across the region create 22 youth-led legacy projects that will make a difference, please read the details below and complete the application form, returning these to us by the date advertised below.

We do not expect any of these projects to exceed £10,000. During the assessment period you will be scored on value for money as well as experience of working with the target group of young people and other factors. Please provide as much information as possible to support your application.

Project Name: Street to Freestyle

Location: Smethwick

Description: Street to Freestyle aims to encourage young people to take on more positive hobbies such as freestyle football. Expanding the current freestyle football sessions would bring young people together with positive role models, improve their physical health and teach them new skills.

Keywords: physical health, positive influences, sport

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of freestyle sport, in particular football;
  • Aware of some of the barriers to physical education;
  • Experience of working with rowing organisations and links to organisations which may be able to support;
  • Links to the local community and young people.

Project Name: Creative Minds

Location: Birmingham

Description: Creative Minds is an exhibition displaying filmed case studies of creatives from ethnic minority backgrounds. Invites will be sent to employers and training providers and aims to encourage people from ethnic minority backgrounds to get into creative industries.

Keywords: creative, employment, minorities

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of building relationships with young people in the creative sector;
  • A background in co-producing films and exhibitions with young people;
  • A track record of working with people from minority backgrounds across the West Midlands.

Project Name: Smile Heroes

Location: Birmingham

Description: Smile Heroes is focused on oral health education within deprived areas of Birmingham. The group of young people involved in this project are dental hygiene students at the University of Birmingham. They plan to create workshops and resources for primary schools about the importance of oral health and how children can look after their teeth.

Keywords: healthcare, primary education, social action

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of building relationships with community members and organisations;
  • A background in organising workshops with a focus on oral health within the primary setting;
  • Experience of working with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Project Name: Beyond Hub

Location: Worcestershire & the West Midlands

Description: The Beyond Hub is a space for young people who have had their education disrupted to access workshops, opportunities, which will enable them to continue with education or employability. This is increasingly relevant now, as the impacts of COVID-19 on young people’s education are slowly being realised. This hub aims to help reduce the barriers faced by those who have had breaks in their education. Through this project, we will also host a youth summit to support young people from across the West Midlands.

Keywords: education, mental health, barriers to opportunities

What we're looking for: 

  • Knowledge of the barriers faced by young people across the West Midlands
  • Experience of creating and supporting online platforms in partnership with young people

Project Name: Trees 4 Students

Location: Dudley

Description: Trees 4 Students focuses on sustainability in Dudley. This group aim to regenerate Dudley College’s outdoor space. This project would also create educational resources which can be used by schools in the Dudley Academies Trust to promote greener more sustainable lifestyles among children.

Keywords: sustainability, education

What we're looking for:

  • A background in supporting sustainability projects with students from a diverse backrground
  • Knowledge of the local Dudley area and organisations that can support
  • Links to local college networks and student engagement

Project Name: Million Mile Clean

Location: Smethwick

Description: Million Mile Clean is a community sustainability project. It includes monthly clean up events in parks and community spaces in Smethwick. These events engage the community and are an interactive way to encourage cleaner and more sustainable living.

Keywords: sustainability, community

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of running sustainability projects
  • Able to support young people to turn their ideas into a reality, co-creating their campaign
  • Knowledge of the local area

Project Name: ECAD Midlands Cricket

Location: West Midlands

Description: ECAD Midlands Cricket aims to increase the accessibility of cricket for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The group aims to be the first deaf team to join a competitive hearing league in 2023.

Keywords: physical health, accessibility

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of working with, and supporting, young people who are from the deaf community
  • A background in sport development

Project Name: Fastest in Brum 2022

Location: Birmingham

Description: Fastest in Brum is a community multi-sport event which engages the community and encourages people to stay fit and healthy through sports. There are also opportunities for local businesses to provide refreshments at the event.

Keywords: community, sports

What we're looking for:

  • Experience of running community events on a large scale
  • Working collaboratively with young people