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HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors


Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales We were honoured to be invited by our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to a socially distanced meeting at St James's Palace. As we shared our great thanks for HRH's leadership of Step Up To Serve, and our vision for the continuation of #iwill in the future, he challenged young #iwill Ambassadors to keep making a difference in their communities and innovating solutions to the challenges we face as a society. #iwill Ambassadors shared with HRH their reflections on where #iwill [...]

HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors2020-12-21T12:35:10+00:00

Spending Review


Our response to the Spending Review 25 November 2020 Step Up to Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign, has issued a joint statement with the Back Youth Alliance in response to the government’s proposed investment into young people in the 2020 Spending Review. The Back Youth Alliance is a collaboration of senior leaders and youth representatives from some of the UK’s leading youth charities, working together to present a coherent voice to decision-makers with and for young people.  “The youth sector gives critical support, providing a lifeline for many vulnerable young people, particularly those [...]

Spending Review2020-12-21T12:36:04+00:00

Ormiston Academies Trust


#iwill Impact in OAT Since 2018 Ormiston Academies Trust has been taking part in the #iwill campaign, encouraging all our students to take part in social action. Our academies all took up the challenge to organise their own youth social action project and the variety they have presented are all truly unique and meaningful. They have organised community day events, launched Eco awareness projects, landscaped community gardens, turned their fingers to green in their school kitchen gardens, promoted wellbeing spaces and so much more. As a Trust we eventually want to fully embed enrichment activities surrounding social action into [...]

Ormiston Academies Trust2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

The #iwill Ambassador story


'Leaders of tomorrow'? Leaders of now. Read the story of how #iwill Ambassadors have championed change - and transformed themselves. Download the report Download the Jubilee Centre's findings Report written by Freya Trevor-Harris, Step Up To Serve, in collaboration with Aidan Thompson and Sarah Ritzenthaler, Jubilee Centre.  All children and young people should be supported and empowered to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities, and broader society. Over the last seven years, the #iwill Ambassadors have done just this. Their common [...]

The #iwill Ambassador story2020-12-15T09:55:41+00:00

New findings from National Youth Social Action Survey


New findings from The National Youth Social Action Survey 2019 deepen our understanding of the national picture since 2014. 2019 Survey The National Youth Social Action Survey 2019 was conducted in the winter of 2019, before the COVID-19 Pandemic. During face-to-face interviews with researchers from Ipsos MORI, children and young people are asked to reflect on their participation in social action over the last 12 months, as well as how they view themselves in relation to their community and society. There are also new and interesting findings which present both opportunities and challenges for the #iwill movement as [...]

New findings from National Youth Social Action Survey2020-11-02T16:26:58+00:00

How to get young people on your board


Getting Young People onto your Trustee Board Too many decisions are made about young people without young people. Trust between generations has broken down. This has to change. We believe that young people should have the power to shape and address the issues that affect their lives and the future of our country. They should be treated as meaningful and critical partners in tackling the challenges of the 21st Century. However, we know that for too many young people, particularly from less wealthy backgrounds, their voices aren’t heard; their power to make a positive difference isn’t [...]

How to get young people on your board2020-09-11T12:41:47+01:00

Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.


Age 10 isn't too young to volunteer at Birmingham Women and Children's Hospital Birmingham Women and Children's NHS Foundation Trust have, thanks to the Pears Foundation #iwill Fund, started a Junior Volunteer programme for 10-16 year olds, enabling them to make a positive difference to healthcare and the health of their peers, whilst growing their understanding & lessening fear about what goes on in a hospital. The Junior Volunteering programme at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals – the NHS’s first structured scheme for 10-16s – engages small groups of [...]

Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.2020-09-11T12:52:48+01:00

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!


#iwill teams up with Eden Project Communities to launch free resources for primary schools The resources provide fun, creative and simple ways for teachers to introduce pupils to the natural world and their role in preserving it. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better today.  We’ve teamed up with Eden Project Communities to help make it easier for you and your pupils to get involved in environmental youth social [...]

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!2020-09-11T12:53:38+01:00

BiteBack 2030’s Youth Board


BiteBack 2030 harnesses the power of youth in the fight for healthier choices “We are all up against a flood of unhealthy food, pouring out from high streets, supermarket shelves and school canteens.  As a result, 3.3 million children are overweight and the UK has the worst childhood obesity rates in Western Europe. We can solve this and close the floodgates but we need to act now. We can stem the tide of unhealthy foods and improve the flow of affordable, healthy options for young people.” BiteBack2030 Launched this October, BiteBack2030 is led by their Youth Board - [...]

BiteBack 2030’s Youth Board2020-10-29T15:34:02+00:00

Case Study: Lapage Primary School


Making youth social action part of school culture Lapage Primary School write about their experience prioritising youth social action in education by embedding it into their day-to-day. Our social action project began with our vision to promote active citizenship, as part of our school improvement plan of 2017-2018. From this we developed a plan for what meaningful active citizenship would look like in the school. We used this in consultations with middle leaders, senior leaders, parents/carers, governors and students. The result was a project that linked each year group to [...]

Case Study: Lapage Primary School2020-09-11T13:07:17+01:00

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