Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 I live in North Devon. As we like to say in the West Country, I’m a ‘Devonshire maid’! I have lived in the South West all my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. While there is a lot of conversation about mental health online and in the media, a lot of that focuses on young people struggling with social media, busy lifestyles, or not getting access to natural environments. I wanted to share my experiences of mental health and wellbeing in very rural environments. I’m currently working full time for an agricultural contractor [...]
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In October 2018, The Russell School was awarded a small grant from Team London to help turn their idea for a mental health social action project into a reality. Their idea: “Bubbles for Troubles”, a mental health support bag inspired by the wellbeing section of the Team London Young Ambassadors Social Action Toolkit and by a social action workshop from Team London. Based on class discussions on issues they cared about – mental health was the clear stand-out priority. Jessica described the experiences of her Grandad Duncan in his Dementia home. Jago described how it helps him to recognise feelings (he [...]
Newcastle West End Foodbank opened in March 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people last year. Students from Newcastle College Health and Social Care Level 1 programme first became involved in supporting the Foodbank in 2017. Their inspiration came from a tutorial session in which they explored aspects of social deprivation and watched clips from the movie ‘I, Daniel Blake’, which features the West End Foodbank. The students wanted to learn more and find out how they could help, so they took a trip to the Foodbank. Moved by what [...]
Serving communities is central to the EKC Group’s mission. To make sure it delivers for them, our family of five colleges and three business units have made youth social action part of their annual calendar, and a part of every student’s timetable. Throughout the year, staff and students are encouraged to engage in a self-directed social action project during our two ‘Community Weeks’. These weeks give dedicated time to staff and students to deliver social action projects within their local community, helping ensure students feel connected to their area. The learners themselves lead the social action projects. This lets them take [...]
ProjectScotland has been empowering young people to engage in social action for more than a decade. We support young people in Scotland to contribute to their local communities through volunteering. We’ve designed a fully supported system for our volunteers that gives each volunteer the best chance to make the most of their experience. This includes pairing our volunteers with their own personal mentor. Over the last couple of years we realised even more could be done to support Scotland’s young people to shape not only their communities but also our organisation. Through our work with young people we’ve developed new projects [...]
At Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) we’re committed to enriching the lives of our pupils, to broaden their horizons and raise aspirations. Our ambition is for all our schools to engage and inspire pupils through our wide, varied, impactful and sustainable enrichment programme. This programme is embedded within and complements curriculum delivery, offering real opportunities for our pupils’ to develop their social, emotional and life competencies. We’re proud to be part of the #iwill campaign. Our commitment to social action comes from the heart of our ethos; specifically, our focus on educating the whole young person. In developing their character, life skills [...]
Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Every weekday the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award. There are now over 1100 Points of Light in the UK, highlighting an enormous range of innovative and inspirational volunteering across our country. Each Point of Light had an idea they decided to make a reality – everything from tackling knife crime to supporting families of dementia patients. Their actions have changed lives. And their stories can inspire thousands more to get involved or start their own initiatives. [...]
Global Action Plan’s Youth Panel represents the voice of young, sustainably-minded people in the charity’s activities. Each year the Panel run an environmental campaign around issues where youth action can make a real difference. The Youth Panel’s first campaign, Long Live the Lunchbox is shining a light on the issue of single-use plastic waste at lunch and promoting restaurants that encourage their patrons to bring lunchbox containers to fill with food. A new interactive map has been launched so eco-conscious consumers can easily locate their local participating food outlets. The Youth Panel is made up of ten 18-30 year olds with [...]
North Hertfordshire College develops projects and activities that improve the lives of local residents while providing an opportunity for our students to make a positive contribution to their local community. In 2018 we collaborated with the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue (HFRS) service to design and produce their Drink Drive Campaign. HFRS staff worked with students to create potential campaign slogans, with the winning slogan selected by HFRS. To show people the impact of drink driving, the students sprayed their winning slogan onto a used ‘crash’ car outside Stevenage fire station on a primary commuter road, where it was displayed throughout Christmas. [...]
Groundwork is a national federated charity with a 35-year track record of helping people build better, greener lives in the places that need it most. We believe young people are vital to building vibrant communities – our youth programmes help them gain key skills, make their voices heard and take practical action in their local environment. Our Youth Network’s led by a national Youth Advisory Board that shapes our strategies, programmes and campaigns for young people. With their help, we’ve evolved our offer to deepen young people’s participation and are now reaping the benefits of this. In fact, working with a [...]