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Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.

2020-01-24T15:45:27+01:00

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.2020-01-24T15:45:27+01:00

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

2020-01-13T17:30:53+01:00

#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!2020-01-13T17:30:53+01:00

Case Study: Lapage Primary School

2019-11-27T20:04:23+01:00

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 School2019-11-27T20:04:23+01:00

#iwill Ambassador blog: Five tips to make opportunities inclusive

2019-11-18T19:11:25+01:00

Are your social action opportunities inclusive enough? Charli is an #iwill Ambassador and student from Birmingham.  Here, she gives organisations her five tips for making your social action opportunities more inclusive. You can read Charli’s #iwill Ambassador profile here, or see what she’s up to on Twitter at @charli_c_. “The best way to know if your work or organisation is inclusive is simply by asking! Consult young disabled people, consult young people of colour, consult young LGBTQ+ people, consult us all.” “If an event isn’t accessible, it isn’t fair – [...]

#iwill Ambassador blog: Five tips to make opportunities inclusive2019-11-18T19:11:25+01:00

How-to Guide: Fearless Futures

2019-10-07T13:49:59+01:00

5 ways your school can make saying #iwill more inclusive "We can and must do more to re-centre the voices pushed to the sides, to share the (extra)ordinary achievements of so many people from black communities in Britain and beyond." "A lack of role models everyone can relate to requires more than just a plaster" "Understand that this is a structural problem, rather than a problem rooted in individual young people’s ‘choices’" If you are a teacher, you will be [...]

How-to Guide: Fearless Futures2019-10-07T13:49:59+01:00

Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC

2019-09-18T09:46:32+01:00

In this case study, Jenny Griffiths, Education Programme Coordinator at The Marine Conservation Society, shares how they faced up to their challenges in engaging young people. This year their beach clean and citizen science project aimed at primary schools, Cool Seas Clean Up, ended up reaching 2110 young people aged 3-11 years around the UK. Engaging young people with our Beachwatch Beach Clean and Litter survey programme has been an on-going challenge for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Central to the programme is the Great British Beach Clean, held to coincide with the International Coastal [...]

Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC2019-09-18T09:46:32+01:00

Case Study: PLEDGES

2019-09-18T09:46:32+01:00

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 [...]

Case Study: PLEDGES2019-09-18T09:46:32+01:00

Case Study: Shipley College

2019-09-18T09:46:57+01:00

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 [...]

Case Study: Shipley College2019-09-18T09:46:57+01:00

Case Study: Newcastle College & West End Foodbank

2019-09-26T14:30:28+01:00

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 Ken Loach's movie about the welfare system, ‘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 [...]

Case Study: Newcastle College & West End Foodbank2019-09-26T14:30:28+01:00

Case Study: East Kent College

2019-09-18T09:46:57+01:00

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 [...]

Case Study: East Kent College2019-09-18T09:46:57+01:00

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