Calling #iwill4nature supporters

Renaisi has been commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to understand the progress being made towards the government’s goal of involving more young people in England in high quality environmental social action.

We will ask partners to complete a survey 2 times over the next year to help understand progress (in August 2019 and January 2020). This short survey is designed to find out a bit more about the activities your organisation is undertaking as a partner of #iwill4nature.

Your participation in this survey will really help us to understand more about the activities happening as part of the campaign, and support future efforts to increase young people’s participation in environmental social action. This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2LGVLXK

Guide Dog Appeals

During October, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will be hosting hundreds of fundraising collections across the UK, and they after as many young volunteers as possible to join in by donating an hour of their time. To find out more, visit their website or email fundraiseforus@guidedogs.org.uk.

Do young people really benefit from social action?

The #iwill Fund Learning Hub release their latest report, exploring the benefits young people might experience when they take part in youth social action, and some of the challenges too. Check it out: https://www.youthimpact.uk/iwill-learninghubpublications/ysaoutcomes

Leading youth charities welcome spending commitment to youth services

Leading youth organisations, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of young people they support and represent, are today welcoming the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement asking DCMS to develop proposals immediately for a new youth investment fund. This announcement is the first step in offering young people across the country safe spaces and high-quality youth opportunities in their communities.

Read all about it here.

Girlguiding launch their annual Girl’s Attitudes Survey

Each year, Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey takes a snapshot of what girls and young women across the UK think on a wide range of issues and gives them a platform to be heard and taken into account at the highest levels of decision-making.  Now in its 11th year, the survey builds on findings from previous years, highlighting the opinions and experiences of over 2,000 girls and young women aged 7 to 21, inside and outside guiding.

Top findings this year include:

  • 64% of girls and young women aged 11-21 think there is too much pressure and focus on doing well in exams
  • 47% of girls aged 7-10 don’t have access to a playground with swings and a slide
  • 45% of girls and young women aged 11-21 feel they need to check their phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night
  • 79% of girls and young women aged 7-21 have experienced bullying or unacceptable behaviours
  • 88% of girls and young women aged 7-21 feel it’s urgent that we all do more to protect the environment

Download the full report here.