Swavesey Village College: Where social action is part of every students' education Georgina Curtis, Assistant Headteacher at Swavesey Village College, a secondary school in Cambridgeshire, writes about how they've embedded social action into education for all of their 1317 students. Every student will have participated in a volunteering experience before they leave us, and by embedding youth social action into the structure of the school we have made it part of daily life. To provide focus and recognise achievements, we use the PLEDGES model: P – Participation L – Leadership E – Environmental D [...]
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Young Citizens are looking for a Young Trustee Young Citizens are seeking to recruit somebody between the ages of 18-23 to our Board of Trustees. They want to try to reflect a relevant range of skills and experiences on their Board and feel that they would benefit from the experience of somebody who has relatively recently been a student in the education system and/or has experience as a young active citizen or involvement in social action or youth voice. As well as this experience, they hope they will also bring insights into priorities and perspectives of the young people we [...]
From left: Peta Foxall, The Wildlife Trusts, alongside co-chair Yetunde Kehinde. Yetunde speaks at the launch of #iwill4nature, January 2019. The #iwill Environment Steering Group meets quarterly to bring together organisations across the environmental voluntary sector, alongside DEFRA, to form partnerships and share learning around embedding youth environmental action into the lives of young people across the UK. This year, in collaboration with DEFRA's Year Of Green Action 2019, we are working together on #iwill4nature. July's meeting was the first two be chaired by our two new co-chairs, Chair of The Wildlife Trusts, Peta Foxall, and [...]
by Emma Easton, Head of Voluntary Partnerships NHS England and NHS Improvement One of the commitments within the NHS Long Term Plan is to establish programmes of work which will give greater access to volunteering opportunities for younger people. On 27 June 2019 NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Voluntary Partnership Team facilitated an initial workshop with young people and a wide range of partners, including #iwill, to develop a volunteering programme aimed at young people aged 14+. The proposal is to support the development of a programme, which aims to: Deliver life skills through first aid and mental health first [...]
Adam Ramgoolie,#iwill Ambassador and founder of Get2Learn, has been chair of our Education Summit for over a year. Find him on Twitter @RamgoolieAdam. The final #iwill Education Summit of this academic year proved to be a fruitful and exciting one! Following exciting announcements from Ofsted to firmly recognise the importance of wellbeing and the social action in their inspection framework, we have moved on to addressing the Department for Education’s new commitment to character! Through consultations with national organisations as well as roundtables with #iwill ambassadors, we have helped to shape how the DfE [...]
My name is Samir Badaro, and I'm a Criminology student about to embark on my final year at the University of Bristol. Earlier this year, I won the ‘Impactful Social Action’ category at TargetJob's Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Teach First and the #iwill campaign. I was rewarded with the opportunity to work with Step Up To Serve (SUTS), who coordinate the #iwill campaign, over these last three weeks. I have had the privilege of meeting a range of #iwill Ambassadors and other inspiring young people during my time here, and [...]
Evidence from the #iwill campaign for DfE's written call for evidence on Character There is lots of evidence from across the #iwill campaign that demonstrates the power social action has to develop and empower young people to be compassionate, active citizens, and, in turn, the impact this can have on communities. Below is a summary of top lines for demonstrating the impact social action has and how it develops young people’s character and transforms communities. This summary is with thanks to #iwill partners across sectors, particularly those in research and education. The post includes: What are the benefits of youth [...]
Co-op Academies Community Apprentice Programme Micaela, from Envision writes about their work inspiring social action in education with the Co-op Academies as part of the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund. From mental health and period poverty to the environment and LGBTQ+ rights, 80 students from six Co-op Academies, as part of the Community Apprentice programme, have reached over 4000 young people through their inventive social action projects. Working in partnership with the Co-op Academies Trust, funded by the Co-op Foundation and #iwill Fund, we launched a pilot to deliver our successful Community Apprentice [...]
Putting young people at the heart of political influence Roberta Antonaci is the Policy and Campaigns Manager at Our Bright Future. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Our Bright Future is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy. Last March, we organised a parliamentary reception in Westminster to give a platform to 54 young people from Our Bright Future [...]
Shipley College is a small general further education (GFE) college in Saltaire, near Bradford. Saltaire’s is culturally and ethnically diverse and this is reflected in our students. The area has significant social and economic deprivation, while youth unemployment is the highest in Yorkshire. As a college we work hard to enrich the students’ experience and develop their skills, while nurturing strong relationships in the community. We empower students to get involved in social action and causes that benefit not only local communities but also the students themselves. Every year our students support local events such as Tour de Yorkshire, World [...]