Creating opportunity for young people

Connecting Communities began as a three-year programme initially funded by Comic Relief. It has become central to how we support young people and their communities today.

Connecting Communities  empowers vulnerable youth in and out of school, through a range of activities that promote positive mental attitude and social behaviour change, alongside entrepreneurship training, sports, music, and safe spaces for sharing and personal development. 

We developed Sunshine Clubs for young people who were out of school or who had completed school but remained unemployed. Based in communities, the clubs provide friendship, support, vocational training and recreational activities led by led by Cecily‚Äôs Fund trained Peer Educators who support, encourage and mentor young people to build resilience and help their personal development. For younger children, Sunshine Clubs are also developed in schools as after-school and extra-curricular activities and these are also led by trained youth Peer Educators. 


288 vulnerable girls and boys have completed entrepreneurship training and starting their own income generating activities.

5 GROW savings groups give financial security for vulnerable families through savings and loans to help to start their own businesses and bring income to households.

Sports, music and other recreational activities are contributing towards positive behaviour change and citizenship amongst young people.

Cecily's Fund registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1071660) Cecily's Fund, PO Box 811, BANBURY, OX16 6TQ We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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