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Issue Date:- 18 February 2008

Charity to give grants to create sex & relationship education projects for young people in the Northwest

TERRENCE Higgins Trust (THT) Young Leaders Project is inviting groups of young people in the Northwest to apply for small grants to create and deliver their own sex and relationship education projects. The grants are to educate their friends and the wider community on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections, sexual health and HIV.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 February 2008.

THT is looking for 13 to 19 year olds in the Northwest to get involved. The region has a board of 12 young people who work on the grant giving scheme and will allocate the funds for sex and relationship education (SRE) projects. The aim is for young people to educate their peers so all the projects funded will be created and run by other teenagers.

Gareth Davies, Young Leaders Project Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) said:- “We are inviting young people to come up with innovative and creative ideas about how to educate their friends. If we like your idea then we’ll give you some money to put it into practice.

The deadline is fast approaching so if you want to make an application all you need to do is get together with your youth club, school or other organisation to develop and submit the idea.” 

Gareth adds:- “The UK has the worst sexual health in Western Europe so the Young Leaders project which is run by young people, for young people, aims to make a real difference.

This is a chance for young people to shape the way their peers learn about sex and relationships, which is a major part of everyone's life. If you’re interested in getting involved, please download an application pack and find out what it’s all about!"

The sex and relationships education (known as SRE) projects can involve any or all of the following issues:-

* Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
* Your rights in a relationship
* Contraception
* Sexuality
* Safer sex and risk taking
* The media influence on sex and relationships
* Managing emotional relationships
* HIV infection

As well as increasing knowledge on sexual health, the project will help young people develop the skills to make informed and healthy decisions around relationships and sex. It will also build their vocational and project management skills.

For further information, and to download an application form and guidance notes please visit:-


KFC in Southport raised £380 during World Hunger Relief Week through staff fundraising and customer donations. Throughout the week in October and in the weeks that followed, staff organised soft toy raffles and sponsored carwashes to raise funds for the United Nation’s World Food Programme. The money raised will allow the WFP to buy more than 3,000 meals for impoverished people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Yum!, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut in the UK and Ireland, with 35,000 stores worldwide, partnered with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to create the inaugural World Hunger Relief Week, 14 October 2007 to 20 October 2007. Fundraising activities were organised across the country. In some areas the campaign was so successful that staff and customers continued to donate money during the following months. KFC staff nationwide raised more than £350,000, enabling the WFP to provide a meal for 3.6million people, while Yum! Brands internationally raised between $12 to $15 million worldwide.

Staff at Southport raised most of the money by organising events to raise awareness of hunger as a global issue and the work carried out by the World Food Programme. Family and friends, along with local residents were invited to attend events, purchase raffle tickets or donate funds for the drive thru car wash. Customers were also encouraged to add a 5p donation on to their purchase when visiting the restaurant. Many staff also donated an hour’s wages or forfeited their company meal with the cost going towards WHRW.

Greg Milne, Area Manager says:- “I am very proud of my team who really got behind this campaign and raised such a large amount for a worthy cause. It was heartening to see team members, their family and friends as well as members of the local community come together to support World Hunger Relief Week. I would like to thank all those involved who gave their time, support and donated money so generously.”

Martin Shuker, CEO of KFC UK says:- “The success of the fundraising campaign was only made possible through the hard work and support of our employees nationwide. Their enthusiasm in organising an assortment of charitable events all over the country meant we were able to raise a tremendous amount for the UN’s World Food Programme as well as raise awareness of the issue of hunger.”

Yum! covered the WFP administration costs so every donation went directly to feeding the hungry. World Food Programme officials said some of the money raised will go toward the agency’s most critical needs in preventing starvation in some of the world’s most desperate places. Recipients will include those left displaced and hungry by the devastation from a cyclone in Bangladesh, an earthquake in Peru and events in Somalia.

With over 40,000 employees in the UK and one million across the whole of the Yum! network, this was the largest employee mobilisation programme of its kind and due to its success, Yum! plans to make World Hunger Relief Week an annual event every October. 

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