Inspiring Youth

HeadStart receives £125,000 cash boost from Heathrow Community Fund


HeadStart has received a £125,000 grant from Heathrow Community Fund to support a further 600 young people from across Hillingdon, Hounslow, Ealing, Spelthorne and Slough in 2015/16, resulting in over 10,000 hours of volunteering committed to strengthening the local communities around Heathrow.

HeadStart gets young people volunteering in their local community so that they can develop the character, skills and experience to get ahead. It inspires young people to volunteer by guaranteeing everyone who does so an interview for a part-time job with a leading employer.

Jon Yates, The Challenge’s Director for External Affairs and Operations said: “HeadStart was launched in 2013 to work with just 30 young people. Within two years, it is now working with almost 2,000 young people a year providing over 30,000 volunteering hours to local communities across London and Birmingham. The Heathrow Community Fund was there at the very beginning of this story: the fund gave their time, energy and financial support to make HeadStart a reality.”

The Challenge was awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Fund’s Inspiring Youth programme. The Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independent grant-making charity set up by Heathrow’s owners to support and strengthen local communities close to the airport. In the past two years it has donated more than £1 million through three grant programmes, funding projects which support young people, help protect the environment and support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, donations from airline passengers and fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits. More information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on the website.