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The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections

2020-06-29T17:27:05+01:00

"School is not just where we learn, it is where we socialise, play and grow as young people...." The aim is that all children will be back in their classrooms by September. Even then, social distancing may make school a very different place than it was before and pupils may struggle to adjust or catch up after so long at home. Issues of student wellbeing will need to be high priority, as will a rising disparity between students from wealthier and poorer backgrounds.  In this blog, we hear from #iwill Ambassadors on their perspectives on going [...]

The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections2020-06-29T17:27:05+01:00

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change

2020-06-29T15:12:32+01:00

"We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people..." #iwill Ambassador Saeed Atcha MBE, 23, is CEO of youth charity Youth Leads. Here, he is interviewed by Big Change, a youth education charity committed to an education system that gives young people what they need to thrive.  Why are you so passionate about the role of young people in society? We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people. We don’t need to give young people a voice. Young people have always got the voice, it’s about amplifying it. Young [...]

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change2020-06-29T15:12:32+01:00

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog

2020-06-24T10:43:41+01:00

Loneliness Awareness Week: What has loneliness got to do with young people? Young people are often considered to be super social - to be out and about with friends more than other groups in society. But in fact, studies have shown that young people report being lonely more than any other group. This can only be increased by the current pandemic, as young people are isolated from schoolmates, family members and friends - with most contact happening through a screen. So what can be done to support young people, and how are young people themselves taking [...]

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog2020-06-24T10:43:41+01:00

#iwill Ambassador blog: Global Changemakers

2020-06-16T14:48:50+01:00

How can young people lead action on the Sustainable Development Goals? #iwill Ambassadors Mhairi and Emily share their experiences of the Global Changemakers Virtual Youth Summit, focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit The five day Virtual Youth Summit was more than just a youth conference, it was the creation of a community of 1400 like minded individuals passionate about creating positive change from 125 countries around the world.  Before the event, we weren’t sure what to expect - we were looking forward to it, but didn't think we would [...]

#iwill Ambassador blog: Global Changemakers2020-06-16T14:48:50+01:00

Volunteers Week – The #PowerOfYouth in the NHS

2020-06-08T17:14:37+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 NHS2020-06-08T17:14:37+01:00

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

Blog: Guidance on character education

2020-01-15T11:08:19+01:00

How new guidance will support schools to develop character Ella Cohen reflects on new guidance launched by the Department for Education, shaped by the input of #iwill partners. The guidance includes a focus on "volunteering and service to others". As Senior Education Officer it has been a real pleasure to work with partners from across the #iwill campaign on the Character Education policy agenda this year. Character Education focuses on developing ‘rounded’ young people who are encouraged to be active, resilient citizens and celebrates the importance of nurturing skills outside of academia for success in life. We [...]

Blog: Guidance on character education2020-01-15T11:08:19+01:00

BiteBack 2030’s Youth Board

2020-01-08T10:37:40+01:00

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 Board2020-01-08T10:37:40+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