TEENAGERS from across Merseyside with bright ideas for their communities are being encouraged to apply for a prize to ‘help them change the world around them for the better.’
The new £20k Bright Future Prize is an initiative from Ardonagh Community Trust (ACT), the charity arm of the parent company that owns insurance firm Paymentshield, based on Wight Moss Way in Southport.
Paymentshield chief executive Rob Evans said: “As an active supporter of charitable causes and entrepreneurial efforts in Merseyside, the Paymentshield team and I are delighted to get behind this new endeavour from ACT.
“The charity is looking for 15 to 19-year olds who are the next generation of community leaders, charity fundraisers, blue-sky thinkers or social activists.
“The Bright Future Prize is open to young people across the UK and Ireland, but it would be great to see an opportunity given to a young person already making positive waves in Southport or the wider Merseyside area. Young people see the world differently, and their innovative ideas can help impact positive change for the future. It’s this ingenuity that ACT wants to support.
“The pandemic has hit this age group – and this area – particularly hard. This is about opening up opportunities for young people, and opening up our minds about what needs doing, where and how. You could have a great idea for your own social enterprise supporting a charitable cause, you might have a community project in mind, maybe you want to raise money for a specific charity - or maybe you want to learn more and teach more about making a difference.”
Applications for the Bright Future Prize are open until May 21. There are small grants alongside the £20k main prize available for the best ideas, and winners will get support to put them into motion.
Find out more at www.ardonaghtrust.org/bright-future-prize