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The Power Of Youth Campaign

2020-09-11T12:04:10+01:00

The Power of Youth - in this pandemic and as we rebuild We’re launching the Power of Youth campaign - a nationwide collaborative effort aiming to recognise young people for their efforts, empower more young people to make a difference, and give young people opportunities to shape their future. What is the #PowerOfYouth campaign about? During this global pandemic, now more than ever we need young people to be active citizens. They have the talent, energy and ideas to make a powerful difference both in the immediate response to this crisis, and to build [...]

The Power Of Youth Campaign2020-09-11T12:04:10+01:00

#iwill Ambassador Gabrielle – How can the NHS listen?

2020-09-11T12:14:10+01:00

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed our health inequalities - but what can the NHS do to work with communities and young people? #iwill Ambassador Gabrielle Mathews has seen all sides of the NHS. She has been a long-term patient, a medical student, a Youth Forum Member, a volunteer, and now sits on the NHS Assembly. In this challenging blog, she reflects on why community and youth engagement is so important, and considers how engagement can be most successful.  My journey in Health As an NHS Assembly member, it is important to me that we commit to [...]

#iwill Ambassador Gabrielle – How can the NHS listen?2020-09-11T12:14:10+01:00

A tribute to #iwill Ambassador Lucia Mee

2020-06-08T09:52:09+01:00

A tribute to #iwill Ambassador Lucia Mee The #iwill community has recently received the news that #iwill Ambassador and tireless campaigner for organ donation, Lucia Mee, has died aged 20 following her fourth liver transplant. Lucia drew inspiration from her organ donors to create the campaign Live Loudly, Donate Proudly. She put a huge amount of energy into her campaigning, and was one of the youngest people to ever receive a British Empire Medal. In the days before Lucia's death a new law was brought into England, following the path of Wales, to create [...]

A tribute to #iwill Ambassador Lucia Mee2020-06-08T09:52:09+01:00

Volunteers Week – The #PowerOfYouth in the NHS

2020-09-11T12:15:50+01:00

How youth volunteering transforms young people and healthcare The current coronavirus pandemic has put into even higher definition the work of the NHS. While we often recognise doctors, nurses and other essential health workers, many people aren't aware of the contribution of volunteers, and particularly young volunteers. In NHS trusts across England, youth volunteering projects in hospitals are supported by the Pears #iwill Fund, a match fund created by the Pears Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. For Volunteers' Week, NHS partners are reflecting on the #PowerOfYouth, and have [...]

Volunteers Week – The #PowerOfYouth in the NHS2020-09-11T12:15:50+01:00

Making the coronavirus guidance youth-friendly

2020-09-11T12:16:16+01:00

Public Health England has worked with young #iwill Ambassadors and NHS Youth Forum members to rewrite the government's coronavirus guidance for England for a youth audience. We’re sharing this case study as some of the young people who have been brought together by Public Health England (PHE) to write the government guidance on coronavirus for our age group. This ensures young people like us have a voice, and are included in the conversation. If young people's specific needs aren't considered when guidance is written, then there is greater chance they may not understand, that they may [...]

Making the coronavirus guidance youth-friendly2020-09-11T12:16:16+01:00

#iwill Ambassador blog: A Ramadan in quarantine

2020-09-11T12:16:48+01:00

Patient endurance and love for others - A young person’s Ramadan in quarantine “Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.”  ~ Surah Ar-Ra’d [13:24] So lockdown has taken away our access to education, social lives, and our freedom - and now we have to give up food and drink? Despite what you may think, Ramadan has helped me to get through quarantine and to thrive. Most may associate Ramadan with hunger, but Ramadan isn’t really about what’s for dinner or when we can eat. Yes, we abstain from food [...]

#iwill Ambassador blog: A Ramadan in quarantine2020-09-11T12:16:48+01:00

UK Government Must Engage with Young People

2020-09-11T12:17:23+01:00

It’s time for the UK Government to engage with young people Senior leaders from over 80 organisations across the youth, education, health, funding and civil society sectors have today called on the UK Government to hold a dedicated press conference for young people to answer their questions about the Covid-19 pandemic and to allow under-18s to submit questions to the daily press conference. These organisations, and over 150 of their youth representatives, include Unicef UK, Girlguiding, Teach First and British Red Cross. Children and young people are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic - [...]

UK Government Must Engage with Young People2020-09-11T12:17:23+01:00

Press Release: Open Letter to UK Government

2020-09-11T12:17:47+01:00

Leading organisations and youth representatives call on UK Government to hold youth press conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08:00AM 07/05/20 Senior leaders from over 80 organisations across the youth, education, health, funding and civil society sectors have today called on the UK Government to hold a dedicated press conference for young people to answer their questions about the Covid-19 pandemic and to allow under-18s to submit questions to the daily press conference. These organisations, and over 150 of their youth representatives, include Save the Children, Unicef UK, Girlguiding, UK Youth and Teach First. Children and young people are feeling the [...]

Press Release: Open Letter to UK Government2020-09-11T12:17:47+01:00

Open Letter to UK Government

2020-09-11T12:18:20+01:00

Sign on behalf of your organisation Sign as a young person It’s time for the UK Government to engage with young people Without urgent action, we risk the Coronavirus pandemic leading to a lost generation of children and young people. Now more than ever, their voices must be heard. The crisis has the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities and create new ones. The future is uncertain - with schools closed, exams cancelled and employment prospects diminished. Many feel anxious, disaffected and isolated. Mounting evidence from organisations and young people across the UK shows that [...]

Open Letter to UK Government2020-09-11T12:18:20+01:00

Young People Matter

2020-09-11T12:20:35+01:00

Why we're saying 'Young People Matter' in the Covid-19 pandemic A blog from the youth voice champions behind the message. Want to share the message? Open the comms pack here, or download the graphics through WeTransfer. Who are young people? Young people are the people staying in, and saving lives, when they share a bedroom with two siblings. Young people are the GCSE students unable to feel the pay-off of their hard work. Young people are the cancer patients who have had to delay their treatment. Young people are shielding. Young people are trying [...]

Young People Matter2020-09-11T12:20:35+01:00

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