Youth Travel Bursary


A Youth Travel Bursary Project must contain an artistic, cultural, historical or scientific theme, or involve work in an underdeveloped country. Projects must be of at least one month’s duration; involve travel away from home for that time either in the UK or abroad; and not be part of an applicant’s formal education. Applicants can undertake their project as part of some wider enterprise or under the auspices of an organisation sponsoring voluntary work overseas. An application form containing personal details and countersigned by an appropriate person at the applicant’s current school, college, university or place of employment is to be submitted, together with a summary of the project explaining its objectives and benefits, and why the bursary is required. Budgeted costs and sources of non-bursary funding are to be included. Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club will not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or harm experienced by a successful applicant or by any third party as a result of the project. 

Successful applicants will be expected to: a) Submit a short interim report on the project by letter or e-mail approximately two weeks after commencing the project. b) Attend a Lions’ meeting or other event, at a date to be agreed, to make a full presentation describing what the applicant has contributed to the project and what has been achieved for the benefit of the applicant and others. c) Contribute to the promotion of the Bursary Scheme through articles in the K&D Lions website, Parish magazines and in the local press, for example.

Some Examples of Youth Projects funded by Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club

A few quotes from reviews:

 “This show showcases the brilliant acting of talented, young actors that this country has to offer. 

Doll is a brilliantly executed show and I would highly recommend this to any avid theatre goer.” **** EdFringe Review 

“An insanely talented cast and some solid new writing - it was dark and funny in equal measures. The acting is the real strength of this piece, Hand and Scriven are outstanding!”. Edfringe Website 

“Gripping and engaging with four great actors! Real twist at the end was made more dramatic by the fact that it’s based on a true story. Our favourite show so far out of 10 or so shows at the Fringe. Well worth a watch, powerful, moving and thought provoking.” - audience member, Ed fringe website review

“Doll was the first of the Fringe shows I watched this summer, and it didn't disappoint. It was fast-paced, slick, funny, well-acted and terrifying! The four-hander took us from the nightmares of dating, to meeting the 'perfect man' to spiralling into a situation beyond everyone's control. Superbly written and acted, this is a comedy thriller with tons of energy - make sure it's on your list of must-sees.” - Audience Member, Ed Fringe website review


I’ve just got back from Edinburgh Fringe Festival and we had a phenomenal time!! We performed 20 shows to a few sell out audiences and received some incredible professional and audience reviews. It was an amazing month and a great opportunity to network! We met a producer who is interested in taking us to Hollywood Fringe in America next year with either this show or a new show we have in the works! My poster and advertising made it into an article about effective and engaging marketing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and we’ve also received feedback that our play would make a great short film, so we’re looking into funding bids and adapting the script to try and make this happen.

It was a really great month of performing and networking made possible by your grant so thank you very much! 

On the 23rd of August 2018 I embarked on a journey that would take me across the world to Guyana (a country I knew little about), to volunteer as a teacher (an occupation I had little experience in) and live independently for the first time. This was a huge leap of faith, but one year later I was home again, having learnt a huge amount about myself, the people I was living with and the world.

As a teacher, I was involved in teaching students in year 7, 9 and 10 maths, science and geography. Maths and science were the ‘easy’ subjects as they were common in the school with resources and teachers to ask for help. On the other hand, geography was brand new, introduced for the first time by yours truly. The school had 4 CXC textbooks as well as some British A level resources but no curriculum or guide for teaching it. So, I wrote my own. I found this hugely enjoyable as I choose subjects that gave the students a view of the world around them, their impacts on it and how it’s changing (areas that I am passionate about).

In terms of communication, there is a village radio to contact nearby villages. The radio operates on solar and was patchy at best, the WiFi situation was similar. The school had free, government provided WiFi, although it only worked when the sun was shining and even then ‘worked’ is generous. So, communication with family was done via WhatsApp, with phone calls a handful of times throughout the year.