Project information

Essential Energy

Enabling young people aged 16 - 25 to volunteer to help promote and teach Chinese Physical Culture activities in the community to benefit other disadvantaged young people including those who are lone parents; not in education, employment or training (NEET), ex-offenders, with health problems.

This is an annual project the College aims to run each year.

Charity information: The College of Chinese Physical Culture

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  • Need


    Many young people are leaving education without a job to go to. Without having had experience of working or volunteering and without a reference it is difficult to get a job. Employers have identified that many young people lack the correct attitude and employability skills for the world of work.


    This project will enable young people to develop their own part or full time volunteering opportunities aligned to the business needs of the College of CPC. They will be treated in the same way as our employees and will receive a living allowance / living expenses up to £60per week if full time (30 hours). Supervision, appraisal and training will ensure the are supported in developing essential skills required for their volunteering role; skills which are transferable into paid employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to help young people aged 16 - 25 to gain transferable employability skills through volunteering


    » we will promote volunteering opportunities through (NVDB) and provide support and training for young people to acquire skills and experience

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    young people taking ip volunteering opportunities, developing portfolios and gaining employment afterwards

  • Impact


    This project will contribute to a reduction in the growing unemployment of young people. We will continue to track the destination of young people after leaving their volunteering opportunity for 12 months to provide evidence of this.


    The most important risks relate to the health and safety of young people accessing our services. Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures follow those from our National Governing Body (EMDP) with Enhanced CRB checks, risk assessments etc in place.


    Donors who wish to be contacted will receive a copy of our Trustees Annual Report. We will gladly provide updates on any specific project they have donated to through newsletters, our website and social media sites and by personal correspondence if required. We will demonstrate value for money.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £110,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £75,000 staffing project coordinator (.5), volunteer manager (ft), administrator (.5) + NI + expenses
      £6,000 volunteer recruitment adverts, website update, copy writing
      £15,000 volunteer expenses living expenses for FT volunteers (30 hrs min)
      £6,000 ICT equipment computers, video cameras & software for volunteers use
      £8,000 management & overheads line management, accommodation, stationary etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Youth Media Group £10,000 Conditional
    Private Donor £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Mainly disadvantaged communities in England including Yorkshire, North East, North West, MIdlands and London.


    Young people mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our focus is on young people aged 16 - 25 years. Will would expect many of these to be not in employment, education or training and to include ex-offenders and people from BME backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The College of CPC was funded by 'v' for 4 years to deliver volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16-25. As the contract came to an end the College has worked relentlessly to raise funds to maintain this successful and necessary provision. We see this as a means of continuing the excellent practise we have developed. External evaluations and focus groups with young people demonstrate the value of this work and the need for it to be continued to benefit hundreds more young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Garland

    Trustee and Volunteer Manager on the existing vinvolved project.

    Jack Leigh

    Trustee and mentor for young people and volunteers on the project.

I realise now that learning and skill acquisition can be fun!

Young Person