Involving young people in the design and delivery of UK Youth’s activities and empowering them to become active citizens and create positive change is embedded throughout our work. At the heart of our organisation is UK Youth Voice, an inspiring and energetic group of young people aged 16-25 who represent every region and nation of the UK. Together they form our National Steering Board who influence change at a local and national level. These young people are fundamental to everything we do at UK Youth, feeding into our strategy and overall direction. Three sit on our Board of Trustees, while [...]
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The Canal & River Trust is a waterways and wellbeing charity. Specifically, we’re here to care for and protect 2,000 miles of waterways, and to promote their use by the people who live around them. We believe life is better by water. As waterways flow through some of the most diverse and often deprived communities, there’s enormous potential for them to contribute to the wellbeing of individuals, communities and society. Since we launched in 2012 we’ve grown youth engagement from a single project to a national priority, changing our culture to become ‘youth fit’. We’re proud to be one of [...]
Nottingham University Hospital: Youth Volunteering Summer School Youth Volunteering Manager at Nottingham University Hospitals, Liz Charalambous reflects why they worked with young people to create their summer school, supported by the Pears #iwill Fund. "My favourite thing about volunteering is that I get the opportunity to make patients feel at ease at a time that is incredibly scary and anxious" "We ensured that the enigmatic and often elusive ‘sweet spot’ of benefits to all could be achieved as everyone stood to gain from the project." [...]
Supporting youth social action in schools The #iwill Fund Learning Hub explores how best funders and youth social action delivery organisations can best support youth social action in schools "Youth social action leaders can become champions in their own networks, and spread the message on how to deliver youth social action really well" The report was produced, in partnership with Renaisi, as part of Dartington’s Service Design Lab’s work leading the #iwill Fund Learning Hub, working with #iwill Fund Match Funders, education professionals, and delivery organisations to understand the barriers and [...]
Liverpool school using nature to support cross-curriculum teaching Trees for Cities and Blessed Sacrament Primary School write about how they're using environmental social action to support cross-curriculum teaching. "Get the children outside to learn in the garden. It will benefit them, the teachers, and the wider school community" Liverpool’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School has been getting green-fingered over the past few months. Last year they partnered with environmental charity Trees for Cities to create a magnificent Edible Playground, transforming their grounds into a vibrant outdoor teaching [...]
"Educators need to have more confidence in volunteering opportunities" CW+, the charity at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital reflect on their visit from the #iwill Fund Leadership Board and the opportunities and challenges of working with schools and colleges to promote youth social action. "Work experience by nature can be passive, whereas volunteering is a dynamic and live role affording volunteers the opportunity to build interpersonal skills and confidence." Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and our charity CW+ were delighted to welcome the #iwill Fund Leadership board for a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]