On Wednesday 15th May, the #iwill Campaign’s Advisory Council met at St James’s Palace, generously hosted by our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales. The Council discussed the progress of the campaign so far, what needs to be achieved before the end of 2020, and the legacy of the campaign beyond the closure of Step Up To Serve, its coordinating body.

The event was chaired by two of our young trustees, Ceylon Andi Hickman and Saeed Atcha MBE. Young people made up more than a quarter of attendees, with other attendees including leaders from the business, voluntary, public, education and faith sectors. You can view full biographies of attendees here.

At the event, HRH made clear his long lasting passion for youth participation, and expressed his feeling that we must ‘take young people seriously’ in the difference they want to make in their communities.

Chair of Step Up To Serve, Sir Nick Parker, said “As reflected throughout the event, we are only able to make progress due to the support from our partners and the many organisations that have pledged to the #iwill campaign that are helping to drive impact.

Thank you to all our partners for you have done – and for all your further commitments on the day about what you can do to support in the coming 20 months and beyond.”

Paul Drechsler (CBI and Teach First) shared that “I was delighted to see this outstanding report which most of all shows the fantastic progress in the #iwill Campaign over the past seven years. This morning we had the chance to see that this country has been taken over by the future leaders, and that to me is the most important sign of progress.

A highlight is the progress made the in the NHS in a short amount of time. In only two years, from a standing start, they have made fabulous progress.

I do see over and over again the importance of character and skills, beyond the academic achievements. We saw that from Teach First, from Oftsed, I think we’re really on a roll and ready to move forward.”