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How to help make Cardiff a more equal city

Do you want to create a fairer world for every child? Are you passionate about equality for girls and young women? Do you have a plan to put your idealism into action?

Child Friendly Cardiff, which is driving the city's ambition to be recognised as a UNICEF Child Friendly City, has joined forces with Plan UK (Wales) to fund new projects aimed at doing just that.

The Young Changemaker Grants are worth up to £1,000 and are offered to young people aged 13-24 and organisations working with young people.

The new Cardiff grants aims to provide opportunities for young people to:

  1. Gain confidence, experience in project and budget management, and the ability to influence others in a safe environment

  2. Receive training and support to develop skills in planning, finance and social action

  3. Have their voices heard and see themselves recognised as positive agents of change, and

  4. Bring about positive change for themselves and in the lives of girls in Wales concerning issues that constrain their rights.

From research carried out by Plan UK in Wales, it's clear that girls here feel their rights are not being respected. They:

  1. Are fed up and frustrated with empty words of ‘female empowerment'

  2. Care deeply about political issues, but spoke of feeling unheard in politics and being bullied for identifying as feminists

  3. Feel sexism and harassment in school is rife, and

  4. Don't feel safe in public.

Around Wales, Young Changemaker grants are already having an effect. In Swansea, a group of young people used their grant to recruit more girls into a skatepark project; in Neath Port Talbot, it has helped to fund a ‘Safe Spaces' project to educate boys and others on girls' experience of street harassment and other forms of abuse; and in Newport, it has helped a 16-year-old boy publish a collection of short poems inspired by the bullying and hate he sees directed at women and girls on social media.

Birchgrove councillor, Julie Sangani, Cardiff Council's cabinet member for tackling equality, said: "We are committed to ensuring that girls' rights are upheld and that the voices of young people and those working with them are at the heart of decisions that affect their lives.

"Joining Plan UK (Wales) in offering these grants means girls and young people will be able to put their ideas into action and make a real difference in their fight for equality."

How to apply for a grant

Plan UK (Wales) and Child Friendly Cardiff are particularly interested in ideas that:

  1. Empower young people to tackle gender inequalities in Cardiff

  2. Raise awareness of issues faced by girls and young women in Cardiff

  3. Come from young people who identify as part of the LGBTQI+, BAME, Gypsy Roma communities, who are young carers, disabled young people, survivors or any other groups who experience oppression.

You must also:

  1. Be aged between 13 and 24

  2. Have a responsible adult on the project if you are under 16

  3. Be a project led by young people (organisations can apply as a source of support to the young people leading the project)

  4. Ensure the project benefits Cardiff

  5. Complete it by April 2024 at the latest.

To apply, visit the Child Friendly Cardiff website here https://www.childfriendlycardiff.co.uk/2023/07/plan-uk-young-changemaker-grant/ and you can either complete the written application via on online form or record yourself answering the questions and send that to lizzy.brothers@plan-uk.org

The deadline for entries is Friday, September 22.

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