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Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC

2019-08-08T13:50:35+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’ MSC2019-08-08T13:50:35+01:00

Case Study: PLEDGES

2019-07-24T14:22:55+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: PLEDGES2019-07-24T14:22:55+01:00

July | News-In-Brief

2019-07-22T17:06:45+01:00

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 [...]

July | News-In-Brief2019-07-22T17:06:45+01:00

Department for Education launches Character Awards for Schools

2019-08-09T10:41:08+01:00

Young 'Special Agents of Change' from Yeading Junior School, with their head teacher Carole Jones. In recognition of the work in schools to help young people build character and resilience, the Department for Education will be relaunching the Character Awards, which highlight innovative or outstanding programmes that develop a wide variety of positive character traits. Schools will be able to enter in October, ahead of the awards ceremony in March 2020. Nominations will be considered in the following categories; school culture and ethos, curriculum and teaching; collaboration; a character champion; or delivering against the 5 Foundations [...]

Department for Education launches Character Awards for Schools2019-08-09T10:41:08+01:00

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference

2019-07-30T16:19:49+01:00

The Children's Media Conference 2019 attracted over 1,250 delegates to Sheffield on 2-4 July. #iwill Ambassadors Dan and Alvin attended as BAFTA sponsored 'Changemakers', two of ten young people with something to say – campaigners, entrepreneurs, activists and artists. They intervened at the beginning of several key sessions – and came together to discuss young people, politics and activism in Kids Taking a Stand. "I spoke about why Global media companies should invest in underrepresented young people and tried to practically break down the steps to achieving this. I wanted these media [...]

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference2019-07-30T16:19:49+01:00

New NHS Youth Social Action Programme

2019-08-09T11:18:33+01:00

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 [...]

New NHS Youth Social Action Programme2019-08-09T11:18:33+01:00

Case Study: Co-op Academies

2019-07-01T09:50:47+01:00

Co-op Academies Community Apprentice Programme Micaela, from Envision writes about their work inspiring social action in education with the Co-op Academies as part of the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund. From mental health and period poverty to the environment and LGBTQ+ rights, 80 students from six Co-op Academies, as part of the Community Apprentice programme, have reached over 4000 young people through their inventive social action projects. Working in partnership with the Co-op Academies Trust, funded by the Co-op Foundation and #iwill Fund, we launched a pilot to deliver our successful Community Apprentice [...]

Case Study: Co-op Academies2019-07-01T09:50:47+01:00

Case Study: Our Bright Future

2019-06-28T15:18:37+01:00

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 [...]

Case Study: Our Bright Future2019-06-28T15:18:37+01:00

June | News in Brief

2019-06-20T11:40:47+01:00

Rescuing vInspired vInspired.com is a digital hub bursting with opportunities for young people to change their lives and the lives of others. Much more than just a volunteering service, vInspired helps 14 -25 year-olds build the skills they need to progress in a career they want. At the same time, vInspired provides the means to transform local communities and provide a helping hand to charities in need. A crowfunder has been started to help rescue the platform: https://www.gofundme.com/save-vinspiredcom Head 2Work  The tender process for the Team London funding opportunity, Head 2Work, is now live. Further details on the [...]

June | News in Brief2019-06-20T11:40:47+01:00

Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education

2019-06-18T15:17:55+01:00

The Department for Education have launched a call for evidence on developing young people’s character both in and out of school or college.  The work is being developed with the support of their Character Advisory Group, on which a number of #iwill campaign partners sit, including our co-founder and trustee Dame Julia Cleverdon. Watch Ella's short video on the consultation below. We are calling on all #iwill campaign partners to:  Submit evidence to the consultation before the deadline of the 5th July, which demonstrates the value of youth social action for character development and the development [...]

Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education2019-06-18T15:17:55+01:00

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