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Interested in youth social action?

If you are a young person interested in social action you can get involved through your school or where you work, set up your own project or find out about one of the many excellent programmes that already exist around the UK. Below are few organisations who provide funding or social action programmes for a range of ages across the UK. You can also look at Volunteering England, Volunteering Wales, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Youth Link Scotland.

  • Action for Conservation – We want to inspire young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, that shapes their dreams and actions however their life turns out.
  • British Youth Council is a youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.
  • City Year recruits 18-to-25-year-olds for 11 months of full-time volunteering as near-peer role models, mentors and tutors in schools in deprived areas. This simple act of ‘giving back’ through a volunteer service year has a triple impact.
  • Do-It is a database of volunteering opportunities across the UK.
  • Free The Children  works with primary and secondary schools and academies, as well as notable youth organisations to deliver their free active citizenship programming.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)  gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.
  • Envision supports 16-19 year olds through their social action programmes.
  • Girlguiding provides girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities across the UK.
  • Groundwork – Work in the most disadvantaged parts of the UK and help people to create better places, to improve their prospects and to live and work in a greener way.
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Youth Champion programme empowers young people aged 14-24 to take action for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) through organising their own activities or events to raise awareness of HMD in their community and amongst their peers.
  • Join In helps UK grassroots sports clubs attract more supporters and volunteers from their local communities. Opportunities available for eighteen and over.
  • London Youth deliver programmes with and through their network in every London borough and out of town at our two residential learning centres for all ages.
  • Mayor of London’s Team London  makes it quick and easy for Londoners to give their time, find volunteering opportunities and do great things for their city for all ages including school opportunities
  • The Mix is a free, confidential information and support service for under 25s, helping over 3 million young people in the UK each year via our website, helpline, counselling and community. The Mix’s Crisis Messenger text service is available 24/7 and open to anyone aged 25 or under living in the UK. If you’re in crisis and need to talk, text THEMIX to 85258. Are you in crisis? 25 or under, living in the UK? Text THEMIX to 85258 if you need to talk.
  • National Trust has a number of family volunteer opportunities across the country.
  • National Volunteer Police Cadets provides opportunities for young people to volunteer their time supporting their local communities and Police Services and increase the funding, resources and opportunities. Opportunities for 10-13, 13-18 and over 18 years old.
  • O2 Think Big backs social action ideas by providing funding to 13 to 25 year olds.
  • OPEN Youth Trust run a range of youth social action projects in Norfolk and have a volunteer programme that young people can get involved in.
  • Our Bright Future – is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors
  • Plotr is a one-stop shop for career inspiration, preparation and guidance.
  • Prince’s Trust helps young people from age 13 years to change their lives through free courses, grants, programmes and enterprise.
  • RSPB – The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and secure a healthy environment for wildlife
  • Scout Association offers 6- to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
  • Student Hubs aims for every student to engage with social and environmental challenges during their time at university, empowering them to become active citizens for life.
  • The Challenge  run youth and community programmes that have the central aim of mixing diverse groups of people with each other.
  • Uprising offers a range of leadership and employability programmes for 16-25 year olds.
  • UK Fixers are young people aged 16 to 25 years old using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them.
  • UK Youth reaches 693,000 young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects covering the 10 to 20 year age group.
  • vInspired connects young people with volunteering opportunities.
  • Volunteering Matters is the UK volunteering and learning charity that enables people of all ages and backgrounds to reap the benefits of putting something back.
  • Young Citizens provide social action and education opportunities for 8-18 year olds, in schools and other settings, that helps build young people’s knowledge, skills and confidence to make a difference in their community.
  • Youth United aims to increase the number of young people engaged in their communities. Their network consists of: The Scout Association; Girlguiding; St John Ambulance; the Army Cadet Force; the Sea Cadets; the Fire Cadets; the Boys’ Brigade; the Girls’ Brigade; the Volunteer Police Cadets and the RAF Air Cadets.

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