#IWILL WEEK STARTS 22ND NOVEMBER 2021!

#iwill week is an annual celebration of the work young people, #iwill ambassadors and champions, and #iwill partners are leading up and down the UK.

As we broaden and deepen our reach together as a movement, we want to spotlight as much great work as possible. You can get involved through sharing what you have been doing and your learning – from national youth leadership activity, right through to the activity happening locally in your community centre.

 So join us in growing the #iwill movement by checking out all the #iwill events, by showing us your social action and by checking out the amazing #iwill partner activities taking place this #iwill week 2021!

#IWILL EVENTS

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Monday

Social Action: Have we got the definition right?

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

We know that there are so many ways in which young people work to create positive and visible change in their communities. In this session facilitated by #iwill Ambassadors, we’ll be taking a step back to consider what we mean by the term ‘social action.’ Are young people and organisations talking about the same thing? Do we need to rethink our definition so that its clear and inclusive for all? Have we really got the definition right?

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Tuesday

Round Table Talks

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 10:30AM

Join us with #iwill Ambassador Lucy-Rose and Usman in this roundtable discussion examining the power of youth, with guests from Young Manchester, WASSUP Greenwich, The Canal and River Trust, Raleigh International and youth led organisation DMK Potential. 

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Wednesday

#iwill Champions Relaunch

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM

#iwill Champions are young people aged 25 and under who care about increasing opportunities for young people to play their part in society by campaigning, volunteering or fundraising to make a difference in their communities. Join us in learning more about the #iwill Coordination Hub refresh and support to this opportunity, and how to sign up to become an #iwill Champion.  

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Wednesday

PechaKucha

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 5:30PM – 6:45PM

PechaKucha is coming to #iwill week. We have invited #iwill Ambassadors, Champions and partners to share their ideas on #BuildingAMovement using this concise format. Join us in hearing in 20 slides or less, on how we can rethink, reimagine, and redesign what it means to build a movement from the amazing line up of speakers. 

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Thursday

In Conversation With…

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 3:00PM

Tune in to these #iwill Ambassador’s interview series where they meet with young people, partners, campaigners, and more as they discuss their life and social action.

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Thursday

Supporters RoundTable

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 10:00AM

We are delighted to invite you to our first supporters roundtable event as joint coordinators of the #iwill movement. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the successes of the movement to date, hear from some of our incredible young ambassadors & supporters, and share with you some of our future plans. There will be opportunity to allow everyone to engage with the discussion points throughout the morning and we hope our guests will leave feeling inspired and with greater insight into the future of #iwill.

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Friday

Power of Stories: Demonstrating the impact of youth social action

Date: 26th November 2021
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities of building evidence relating to youth social action. It will include the launch of new research conducted by UK Youth, funded by Spirit of 2012, which explores the impact of youth-led social action on the young people who take part, and the organisations that support them.

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Show us what you’re doing!

#iwill week is a celebration of all the amazing social action being carried out by young people up and down the country, and as such we’d like to spotlight as much of this as we can! If you are a young person, partner, supporter, school group or youth club, why not share what you’re getting up to during #iwill week?

Maybe you’re volunteering at your local food bank, campaigning at an event, or setting up a community litter pick – whatever it is, we want to see it!

Download our poster below and take a picture or video of what you’re getting up to in a few words. Share and don’t forget to tag @iwill_movement and use our hashtag #iwillweek21 #PowerOfYouth

Or snap a photo by visiting our virtual photo booth by following the link below.

Join the movement this November!

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#IWILL PARTNER EVENTS

Monday

Grassroot Activiators: Connecting Young people with Communities

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 12.30pm
Organisation: Grassroot Communities

Through engaging, challenging and inspiring young people and others in their neighbourhoods and communities, we enable young people to bring about social and environmental change through supporting their own social action to emerge.

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The Power of Youth: 10 Years of Schools Plus

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 12.00pm
Organisation: Student Hubs

Launch of a brand new blog celebrating our flagship programme, where young people at university support local schools and families by providing academic support to young people in Bristol, Cambridge, Kingston, Southampton and Winchester. Our programme celebrates the power of youth in its near-to-peer relationships and the growth it has for the next generation.

Read Blog here

Derby Youth Social Action project

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 3pm
Organisation: Sporting Communities

A conversation with 3 young people in Derby who have positively impacted their local communities through Hyper-local Youth Social Action- focussing on tackling food poverty, antibullying , and a series of community litter picks!.

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Progress, not perfection!

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 1pm
Organisation: Nottingham High School, with #iwill Ambassador Akhil

Hear from current students who are volunteering for causes that they are passionate about, and find out how you can also make a difference.  Every action is a step forward! A live webinar lead by students working on:

• sustainable palm oil campaigning
• volunteering with local food banks
• working to support local hospitals
• eco projects

Event link to be tweeted on 22nd November 2021 @nottshighcareer
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Proud to Be: a TLYA round table podcast

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 2pm
Organisation: Team London Young Ambassadors and Volunteering Matters

Led by students from a Pupil Referral Unit based in Tower Hamlets & Southwark, young people will be discussing their thoughts around the topic of ‘Proud to Be’ thinking about their cultural identities in the city of London.

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#ScotHotSeat youth climate hustings 

Date: 22nd November 2021
Time: 3pm
Organisation: YouthLink Scotland through Our Bright Future Project, (supported by Fridays for Future Scotland; 2050 Climate Group; Young Friends of the Earth Scotland; Children in Scotland; Teach the Future Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament.)

In the run up to the most recent Scottish Parliament elections, young people in Scotland hosted the #ScotHotSeat youth climate hustings with leaders from the six main political parties. Watch young people hold political leaders in Scotland to account over climate issues, check out these toolkits to help support young people’s political engagement, and click below to read a feature article in Scotland’s youth Work magazine, The Link magazine.

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Read about it here

Tuesday

Citizens of Now: Social action with primary schools

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Organisation: RSA

‘There is a positive impact when even our youngest citizens are empowered to take action on social issues. However not enough young people have the opportunity to engage in meaningful high-quality social action from an early age which means many primary age pupils, their school, and their communities are missing out on the benefits youth social action has to offer. Over the last three years, in partnership with the Pears Foundation, the RSA has been exploring this issue and will share their findings from their action research’.

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1 year of embedding Youth Social Action into our organisation

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 11.30am
Organisation: Sarah Simons, Kelly Harris and Brook youth champion Eleanor Pearson

Led by the Brook Participation team, hear about the approaches used to effectively embed youth participation across the organisation- including top tips for how to consult with young people, and ensuring meaningful participation.

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#iwill Housing sector group launch: building communities and shaping places through youth social action.

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 11-12.30pm
Organisation: Clarion Housing Group

Launch of a brand new #iwill sector group, convening Housing focussed organisations, with a focus on place and community. This event is currently invite only.

Colleges, communities and youth social action: Pears #iwill Award for Social Action and Community Engagement

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 12pm
Organisations: Association of Colleges, East Durham College, Pears Foundation

How can education institutions encourage their students to engage in social action, and connect their local communities for the benefit of others? Hear from award winning East Durham College, and find out how they designed and delivered this agenda, enabling opportunities for all their learners to participate in youth social action.

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Vision for Volunteering: Young people leading the change (under 25s only)

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Organisations: Vision for Volunteering is a collaboration across the voluntary and community sector, led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, the Association of Volunteer Managers and Sport England

Are you a younger person leading change, or wanting to lead change? Join us for an under 25s workshop to discuss how you think younger people can best engage in volunteering and social action. We’ll discuss the current and future barriers to participating, and explore practical ideas that may help enable younger people to participate and achieve. Led by #iwill Ambassadors, Emma-Jane, George and supporters.

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Scottish Youth Climate Declaration

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 5pm
Organisations: Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful

In preparation for #COP26, young people from across Scotland met for a national youth climate summit on Saturday 30th October 2021 to work with experts to create a Scottish Youth Climate Declaration. Watch the video to find out what other young people have said are the most pressing issues for children and young people and their demands to the Scottish Government and international decision-makers. This project is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Keep Scotland Beautiful, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot. #YouthClimateScot

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Wednesday

Pears #iwill Fund: Final Network Meeting

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 10.30am – 3pm

Organisation: Pears and IVAR

An opportunity to celebrate the collective achievements of the Pears #iwill NHS network- with presentations from young volunteers and NHS Trusts about the power of Youth Volunteering, as well as reflections from Pears Foundation and IVAR about achievements across the network. We will explore where we can take the learning – within the network of NHS Trusts and beyond

Meet Scotland’s Young People’s Forest Panel

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 11am

Organisation: Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland

The Scottish Young People’s Forest panel are a group of 23 Young People from all over Scotland aged between 11 and 25. Watch their video to put a name to the project and find out why some of the volunteers wanted to be a part of this exciting initiative. For more information and updates on the project head to their landing page Scotland’s Young People’s Forest | Young Scot.

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Activism and Social Action: tackling violence affecting Young people

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Organisation: Young Manchester

This event showcases the work of young people and youth organisations working to tackle violence affecting young people, through youth social action and activism. Bringing together young people, funders and decision-makers, the session explores the role young people are playing in tackling social issues important to them and their communities, specifically around violence which impacts on young people.

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Power of Youth at the Cosgrove Canal

Date: 24th November 2021
Time: 11am – 3pm
Organisation: Canal and River Trust, Volunteering Matters

Meeting at Solomon’s Bridge, young people and the local community will spend the day taking practical action to improve the adopted stretch of canal, with a dedicated session on a Youth vision for the site.

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Thursday

How can we help young people shape systems, not just inherit them?

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 4-5pm
Organisation: Young Citizens: Political Literacy Panel Event

Young people are more engaged on the big issues than ever, but rarely feel that change is happening within our systems and institutions quickly enough. How do we help them become politically literate on how and where change happens in our wider institutions, as well as key parts of civic society, like justice, public sector and communities? What skills will they need to continue to help change happen? And how should leaders pave the way, not just put the onus on the next generation? 

Join us in conversation with sector leaders Lord McNicol, barrister and author Sally Penni MBE and FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell, plus Amelia Collins-Patel (#iwill Ambassador) and Shakeel Mohammed (NCS Trust Youth Voice Forum) to discuss how to equip and inspire young people to shape the systems and institutions of civic life.

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Developing a ‘growth mindset’

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 5pm
Organisation: Barclays Corporate Volunteers and Volunteering Matters

Young people focussed session, supporting improved understanding of how our mindset (fixed or growth) can have a significant impact on how we deal with challenges, obstacles, and success, providing tips and guidance throughout the session.

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Let’s Talk Social Action: Scotland

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Organisation: Social Action Inquiry

Help shape the Social Action Inquiry in Scotland! Share your thoughts on what social action means for you, influence the course of the Inquiry, and be part of the change you wish to see in Scotland!

Today, on top of already critical and pressing concerns over mental health, homelessness, and climate change, a global pandemic has radically disrupted the way we live. It has brought challenge and chaos. People are anxious day to day, fearful over an uncertain future, overwhelmed and burned out. An even bleaker outlook faces those living with deep-rooted inequalities, poverty and exclusion.

We would like to listen to you about what Social Action is needed now to help individuals and communities reset their power and vitality.

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Why all NHS trusts should have a Youth Forum.

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 3pm -4pm
Organisation: Youth leader Haris Sultan – Chair of the National Network of Youth Forums

Across the 200 NHS trusts, there are nearly 40 NHS trust Youth Forums. Hear about the growth of the NHS youth forums, the national network, and the impact they can have. Hear from a NHS trust that’s recently gone through the process and find out how to set up and launch a youth forum yourself!

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Work tasters for students: Launching a TOOLKIT for meaningful experiences for careers in Health in West Birmingham

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 4pm
Organisation: #iwill Ambassador Yumna Hussen, with Amy Maclean, West Birmingham Integerated Care Partnership, Women’s and Children’s Services

This session, led by one of Birmingham’s youth leaders and #iwill Ambassador, Yumna Hussen, will share the launch of a toolkit designed to link students to meaningful taster work and volunteer opportunities in their neighbourhood health organisations

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Fight for Peace: a TLYA round table podcast

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 2pm
Organisation: Team London Young Ambassadors and Volunteering Matters

Led by a group of young people from Fight For Peace, a martial arts and boxing centre based in Newham which supports young people to reach their full potential and promotes peace in their communities. The podcast will be exploring how the young people have felt empowered from learning martial arts and boxing as well as addressing issues that are important to them, such as mental health and racial justice.

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Troon South Beach, Scotland- Beach Clean!

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: 1030am-12.30pm

A youth beach clean-up event and litter survey for #IWill week. Help the Marine Conservation Society collect vital data and protect our beach environments. There will be a chance for some team games and a quiz (maybe a prize or two) on the day.

By invitation

Young People’s social action and mental health conference

Date: 25th November 2021
Time: all day

Pupils from a consortium of 18 schools in South London will be coming together to look at the issue of young people’s mental health. Together they will  plan creative social action projects which will have a lasting impact on improving mental health across their schools.

Facilitated by the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership and Young Citizens.

Friday

Power of Stories: Demonstrating the impact of youth social action

Date: 26th November 2021
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities of building evidence relating to youth social action. It will include the launch of new research conducted by UK Youth, funded by Spirit of 2012, which explores the impact of youth-led social action on the young people who take part, and the organisations that support them.

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Education in Wales: how the new ‘Curriculum for Wales’ will empower the next generation

Date: 26th November 2021
Time: 1pm

Education in Wales is changing. From September 2022 there will be a new curriculum, designed in Wales but inspired by the best ideas from around the world. By creating healthy, confident individuals, ready to learn, the new Curriculum for Wales will help ensure Welsh young people are equipped and enabled to play an active role in their communities and society.

Hear from Welsh young people who have completed their DofE Award on how the new curriculum will help to empower the next generation of young people – led by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Wales/ Cymru.

Mae addysg yng Nghymru yn newid. O fis Medi 2022 bydd cwricwlwm newydd, sydd wedi’i gynllunio yng Nghymru ond wedi’i lywio gan y syniadau gorau o bob cwr o’r byd, er mwyn paratoi pobl ifanc Cymru at y dyfodol. Mae Llysgenhadon Ifanc DofE, sydd wedi cwblhau eu Gwobrau DofE, yn trafod sut fydd y cwricwlwm newydd yn helpu’r genhedlaeth nesaf i ffynnu.

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Asthma, our environment, and Youth Social Action

Date: 26th November 2021

Time: 3-4pm
Organisation: Pete White, Head of Saltley Academy in Birmingham

In celebration of COP26, Saltley Academy, in partnership with West Birmingham Integrated Care Partnership and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, embarked on an ambitious day of linking serious health issues of asthma, prevalent in our community, to carbon emissions. From an asthma masterclass by a leading respiratory paediatrician linking with a local GP, students learned, developed a social media campaign to educate, planned events for local primary schools, learned about air quality monitors supporting local knowledge of behavioural impact, and many more activities, all on one day!

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And she cycles: Scotland

Date: 26th November 2021

Time: 4pm
Organisation: Sustrans Scotland

#andshecycles is a national campaign aiming to address the barriers faced by teenage girls and young women when cycling. The campaign has been co-developed by a group of young women (age 13-18) across Scotland from 14 different schools, youth groups and colleges. Through a series of interactive workshops these young people identified the main barriers preventing them from choosing to cycle and developed action plans which aimed to address these barriers. Listen to the podcast to hear from girls involved in the project, and click on the video to watch them ride!

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Common Futures Forum 2021

Date: 27th November 2021
Time: 10am – 5.30pm
Organisation: My Life My Say

Sign up to join a range of talks and insightful lab sessions, together with exploring youth-led solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society through our globally-renowned Democracy Cafés.

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