Data and Quality Assurance Steering Group and #iwill Communications Forum. On February 13th, hosted by NCS Trust, we brought together over 60 representatives from partner organisations to examine key developments in research around youth social action, and to shape the #iwill campaign’s key messages from the 2018 National Youth Social Action Survey. The Communications Forum welcomed guest speakers Eva Caiden and Kira Wong O’Connor who shared their insights on creating digital communities for social change. You can see some great photos from the event here.

Youth Strike 4 Climate. The 15th of January saw over 10,000 UK schools students walk out in protest at what they felt to be political inaction over climate change, as well as an education system which insufficiently prioritises our environmental crisis. Two #iwill partners, from different sides of the debate around whether a strike was the best way for young people to get their message across, were covered in the press reflecting on the values of the #iwill campaign as related to these strikes.

Employing social action minded graduates. ‘Worthwhile’ is a graduate scheme, recruitment service, training provider and a community for young professionals in social impact. Working with Worthwhile means small organisations spend less time and energy on recruiting and supporting junior staff. They have candidates with verified competencies available to start now or later this year.

It’s worth investing in graduate recruitment: it’s an annual opportunity when great candidates are all actively looking for roles at once. Worthwhile gives organisations access to pre-screened graduates with a history of commitment to social action and leadership experience, who are ready to make an impact in your organisation.

They are keen to hear from organisations if they’re recruiting now or thinking of taking on a graduate this summer. Find out more at, or get in touch with Pippa at to discuss how Worthwhile could support your organisation

Event: Character in education. The Jubilee Centre will be hosting an event on 10th May on campus in Birmingham titled ‘Implementing the New Ofsted Framework: Character Education Policy and Practice’. The event aims to debate the inclusion of character in the new Framework, and will include speeches from the Jubilee Centre (James Arthur and Tom Harrison), Ofsted (Roary Pownall), and a panel discussion with 4 headteachers that have made character an explicit focus of their school ethos (UoB School, Kings Langley, Nishkam High School, Yeading Junior School). Numbers are limited, and there is a small (£10) registration fee, with lunch included. If you would like to register to attend, the link is here:

London National Park City: events and funding. The Mayor of London is working with the National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to make London the world’s first National Park City this year. We’ll be marking this moment with the National Park City Festival in July. Now we’d like you to help make it happen.

The festival runs from 20-28 July and will celebrate London’s great outdoor spaces. There’ll be fun activities from culture and health and fitness to wildlife, the environment and more. We will also encourage Londoners to discover new spaces and find fresh ways to get in touch with nature. We want to give all Londoners, community groups and businesses the opportunity to take part. With your help, we can make our city greener, healthier and wilder.

The Mayor is offering community activity grants of £200-2000 to support organisations that want to hold festival activities in their local area. We particularly want to reach out to broader networks and attract audiences who traditionally under-use outdoor space.

Applications are open now with the deadline of 5pm on Friday 15 March. All activities must take place during the National Park City Festival in July.

We would love to hear your fantastic ideas for festival activities from sing-a-long trails and wildlife-hotel building workshops, to park parkour and canal paddle boarding. For more information or to apply, visit


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