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 - [...]
The Young Trustees Movement, supported the Blagrave Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Co-op Foundation, Zing and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has launched. They aim to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024 in England and Wales. You can read the full press release here. Young trustees Ceylon & Tom chat to students from Queens Park Primary at Kew Gardens, November 2018. Watch Ceylon Hickman, Step Up To Serve trustee, chatting about the value of Young Trustees for Trustees Week 2018.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Case Study: Multi-academy trust putting social action at its core Ormiston Academies Trust are making social action a vital part of education for all of its 29,000 pupils across England “I love meeting with my #iwill pupils - it reminds me why I became a teacher – there’s no prouder feeling than sitting back and watching them get excited over what they’re planning. It’s an incredible opportunity for staff and pupils to collaborate and do something that makes a difference in so many ways.” Andrea Connolly, teacher at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]