Wooden Spoon

Open to applications


Wooden Spoon aims to enhance the quality and prospect of life for children and young people across the British Isles who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Extended Description

Capital projects

Projects must normally be of a capital nature, with a reasonably long-term prospective lifetime (NB Computers and electronic equipment are only rarely supported due to their being susceptible to being overtaken by technological change). Please note that it is Council policy only in very rare, defined circumstances to support minibus or similar vehicle projects, recognising that there are other charities which specialise in these. Also, Wooden Spoon only very rarely provides support for revenue expenditure. Grants are generally in the range £10K - £100K and representing 25% - 100% of the total project cost.

More details: http://www.woodenspoon.com/projects/capital_projects.php

Community projects

Game On is a high profile, aspirational programme that aims to use the "power of sport" as a tool to enable social change.It combines the support of the leading rugby bodies from both union and league in the UK and Ireland with the expertise and experience of specialist providers in the Active Leisure, Learning and Well-Being sector to engage disadvantaged young people. Game On focuses on two complimentary strands of activity:

Game On (NEET) sees Spoon teaming up with Premiership Rugby, Rugby League and YMCA Training to engage and recruit disadvantaged and disillusioned NEET youngsters (young people aged between 16 and 19 who are not in education, employment or training) onto a unique education and training programme that will provide inspiration, motivation and opportunities to gain achievement and success. Importantly, through partnership working in local areas, the programme will provide clear progression routes on to a range of employment, further education and training (including apprenticeships), volunteering and continued sports participation opportunities.

Game On (Disability Rugby) also uses the "power of sport" and the brands of the leading rugby bodies in UK and Ireland, this time to provide opportunity for disabled people to participate in regular sporting activity. Game On (Disability Rugby) will provide opportunities for those who suffer a range of physical and mental disabilities to participate in playing rugby, be it those with severe disabilities enjoying the physicality and challenge of wheelchair rugby or through non contact forms of the game suitable for those with severe and moderate learning disabilities.

Contact details: See the website