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Norfolk Council

Norfolk Council

We will support the #iwill campaign to increase youth social action by:

  • working with young people to develop a plan to achieve an increase in youth social action in local communities, supporting young people to organise projects, and monitoring our progress.
  • making it easier for all young people to find opportunities to take part in local social action and removing barriers to participating.
  • working with our partners – businesses, voluntary and community groups, schools, colleges and others to promote quality social action for all young people and to enable more high quality social action opportunities.
  • being creative, ambitious and innovative in our approach and by challenging how we work so that young people are actively involved in our organisation and the community.

Update from 2017
Over the last two years we have awarded £50,000 to youth social action projects in Norfolk that support younger and older people to work together. Half of this funding has come from the Cabinet Office.

We will be awarding a further £60,000 in 2017/18 to youth social action projects in Norfolk. Half of this funding will come from Office for Civil Society and the Big Lottery Fund. We will prioritise projects that work with young people who have not taken part in social action before.

We continue to promote the benefits of youth social action in Norfolk. For example, we support young people to write about great examples of youth social action for the local EDP newspaper.

Update from 2015-2016
Supported two young people from Norfolk to become #iwill ambassadors. They are going to train more young people from Norfolk to spread the word about social action – our ambition is to train one young person from each secondary school and college in the county.

Awarded £25,000 to youth social action projects in Norfolk that support younger and older people to work together. The Cabinet Office have matched this funding, so we will have another £25,000 to support social action in 2016.

Given young people the chance to write a collection of articles about youth social action for the local EDP newspaper, which prints about 40,000 copies every day.

Asked young people for their ideas. As a result we’re going to support them to hold a youth social action week in Norfolk and make it easier for young people to find local volunteering opportunities.

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Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 350 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”