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The National Lottery Community Fund has detailed progress made by the #iwill Fund and #iwill Movement, two London-based youth social action initiatives.

Supported by a £66m cash injection from the Community Fund and the DCMS, the #iwill Fund aims to provide young people with ‘quality social action opportunities’.

The #iwill Movement made use of the financial backing last weekend with a series of sessions involving young people from across London, who discussed ways to inspire societal change.

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive of Diana Award and Co-Chair of the #iwill Fund Leadership Board, said: “Collaboration is realising we are greater than the sum of our parts. 

“It is internationally bringing together the strengths of different individuals, organisations, and communities to create a more comprehensive, effective, and enduring approach to change.”

The #iwill Fund is used to support the wider #iwill Movement, which is a grouping of 1,000 cross-sector organisations and 800 young people. 

As mentioned above, the movement’s focus is on making a ‘positive difference on the issues’ that affect young people’s lives, communities and broader society.

Good causes funding, such as the £66m directed towards the #iwill Fund and Movement, took on increased importance in 2021 and 2022 in the context of the Fourth National Lottery Licence contest.

During the tender, some criticism was levied against the extent of good causes funding – with Olympic and Paralympic athletes at one point appearing in front of parliament to discuss the impact funding had made.

Allwyn UK, the British-facing brand of European multinational lottery operator Allwyn, has made good causes a priority for its business as it prepares to take on National Lottery licencing duties in February next year, having understated sole operator Camelot UK in the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) officiated contest.