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Your #iwillWeek event – Amplify, Grow or Go Big

We are keen for campaign partners to host celebrations of all shapes and sizes during #iwillWeek. Below are some ideas about how you can build on, extend or get ambitious with your event.

Planning something small – here’s how to ‘Amplify’ your event.

Focus: Build an event based on what you’re already doing, for example a team meeting or some planned fundraising and perhaps add an element that is linked to youth social action.

Invite: Existing members/friends of your organisation. Encourage them to bring their friends/colleagues/family members.

Build on it by: Encouraging guests to make a pledge at the end of the event using the pledge template and post a picture of themselves on social media using #iwillWeek.

Suggested events/activities

  • Social Action Awards: invite guests to hear about the social action successes going on in your community.
  • Dress up or down day: raise money for a cause, integrating a presentation/video and some discussion about getting involved in social action.
  • Presentation skills workshop: young people can develop their presentation skills and create presentations which advocate for a charity of their choice to receive a donation.
  • Drop in: for community organisations and young people to meet and discuss the benefits of social action and how they can get involved in their local community.

Developing your #iwill celebration? Here’s how to ‘Grow’ it.

Focus: Celebrate the social action already going on in your community. Ask guests to present/discuss what they are doing to promote youth social action. Showcase opportunities for guests to build on this by creating further social action in your community.

Invite: Existing members/friends of your organisation. Members of your local community.

Build on it by: Motivating guests to build links with another guest to help them engage in social action in your community. Encouraging guests to make a pledge at the end of the event using the pledge template and post a picture of themselves on social media using #iwillWeek.

Suggested events/activities:

  • Pledge success: encourage people to make a pledge towards social action in September to be achieved by #iwillWeek. Then celebrate and discuss successes at your event.
  • Get creative: create arts and crafts to sell for charity.
  • Build resources: get local young people to create resources to be used by your local community on subjects like health and wellbeing, getting involved in social action, staying fit and active, etc.
  • Host a workshop: on the benefits of volunteering and how young people can get involved.

Planning a larger event? Here’s how to ‘Go Big’

Focus: Engage in social action e.g. fundraising, helping your community. Celebrate the social action already going on in your community. Ask guests to present/discuss what they are doing to promote youth social action. Showcase opportunities for guests to build on this by creating further social action in your community.

Invite: Special guest(s): e.g. an #iwill Ambassador, your local councillor/MP, a celebrity/community figure who is passionate about social action. People already linked to your organisation, people from your local community.

Build on it by: Promoting national links within your organisation/with other organisations to grow your impact across the country and get more people involved in youth social action. Encouraging guests to make a pledge at the end of the event using the pledge template and post a picture of themselves on social media using #iwillWeek.

Suggested Events/Activities:

  • Ask representatives from community organisations to talk about their work and promote involvement in youth social action.
  • Motivate young people to create their own social action projects in groups which they will then implement over a specified period in your community with the support of your organisation.
  • Inspire guests to perform a random act of kindness pledge on balloons and release them into community buildings/locations. Ask people to ‘pay it forward’ with these acts of kindness and tweet you about it.

Still stuck? Have a look at what some of our partners achieved last year: