This has been another fantastic year for the #iwill campaign. Across the country, organisations and young people have been working together to grow the power of youth. Here are just a few examples of the collective progress we have made! This year we launched #iwill4nature - a year-long initiative to boost participation in green youth social action as part of the 2019 Year of Green Action. Young people have the potential to make a huge difference to improving the environment through social action – or green action – whilst also developing valuable skills, experience and increased wellbeing. Examples [...]
The political is personal - why the vulnerable must be given a voice. On December the 12th I'll have my first chance to vote. I've been waiting for this moment since I first learned about the heroic and inspiring fight of the suffragettes over 100 years ago. I’m a full-time volunteer at Volunteering Matters, focused on the youth-led education project WASSUP (Women Against Sexual Exploitation and Violence Speak Up). In my work for WASSUP, I often think about the impact of politics, both personally as well as systemic change in society. If young women can [...]
New #iwill Ambassadors reflect on joining the campaign On 4th October 2019 the #iwill campaign held a 'Future of #iwill' event to welcome 2019's new cohort of Ambassadors, and to bring together #iwill partners to celebrate the successes and discuss the future of the campaign. The event was kindly hosted and supported by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University. Here, Ambassadors Guy and Patrick share their experiences. Guy Wilcock, 16, Bath "It was heartening to see adults in positions of power listening carefully to young peoples’ views. Each [...]
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.
Leading youth organisations, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of young people they support and represent, are today welcoming the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement asking DCMS to develop proposals immediately for a new youth investment fund. This announcement is the first step in offering young people across the country safe spaces and high-quality youth opportunities in their communities. Today, young people are facing urgent challenges – one in three believe they will have a worse standard of living than their parents, and one in five believe their lives will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try. Figures released [...]
Evidence from the #iwill campaign for DfE's written call for evidence on Character There is lots of evidence from across the #iwill campaign that demonstrates the power social action has to develop and empower young people to be compassionate, active citizens, and, in turn, the impact this can have on communities. Below is a summary of top lines for demonstrating the impact social action has and how it develops young people’s character and transforms communities. This summary is with thanks to #iwill partners across sectors, particularly those in research and education. The post includes: What are the benefits of youth [...]
Hi Ambassadors! Thanks for clicking on the link! Two Government Departments have been in touch - Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport). They'd like to ask you questions to share on their social media for Youth Social Action Day on June 5th. This is open to everyone - so have a go at recording your answers on your phone or tablet! Please answer each question in separate videos so we can share with the different departments who've asked for them! Questions: What do you love most about your social action/volunteering? [...]
News-In-Brief Charities Aid Foundation release a report on UK Charitable Giving trends, including findings on giving by 16-24 year old. The report states: "certain causes capture the imagination of young people more than older people. Those aged 16-24 were more likely to support children or young people (32%) than those 65+ and this has increased from 23% in 2017 to overtake ‘physical and mental health charities’ and become the most popular cause amongst the 16-24 age group." Read more here: https://www.cafonline.org/docs/default-source/about-us-publications/caf-uk-giving-2019-report-an-overview-of-charitable-giving-in-the-uk.pdf?sfvrsn=d44c9b40_4 Defra release their 25 year environment plan progress report. The report says: "We are putting [...]
#iwill Ambassador Sarah chats about how her social action, supporting others with their mental health, led to a whole new approach to her own mental health. #iwill Ambassador Kay shares her top tips for day to day mental health and wellbeing, looking particularly at getting outside, body image and social media.