News in brief

Quick news updates from #iwill partners.

Survey on #iwill4nature. Renaisi has been commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to understand the progress being made towards the government’s goal of involving more young people in England in high quality environmental social action. They have launched a survey designed to find out a bit more about organisations’ involvement with the Year of Green Action 2019. Participation in this survey will help us to understand more about the activities that were happening as part of the campaign and the Year of Green Action, and support future efforts to increase young people’s participation in environmental social action. This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. This survey will close on Tuesday 4th February at 12:00 PM.

Grant funding for the school transition: Grants of up to £35,000 are available from the Co-op Foundation’s extended #iwill Fund for projects that help young people support each other during the move from primary to secondary education.

Organisations across England have until 12pm (midday) on Monday 24 February to apply on the Co-op Foundation site. Find out more here.

Leeds Community Foundation is open for grant applications of £1,000-5,000 to its #iwill Fund for social action projects. Grants should deliver campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or up to 25 for disabled people. This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the ongoing costs of existing youth work. Find out more about funding priorities and eligibility here. Deadline 20th February 2020.

Transform Our World – Turning anxiety into action

The Transform Our World teacher hub has been talking to teachers about climate-anxiety – their students’, their own, and how it is treated in the sector. Teachers have told us they feel ill-equipped to deal with student anxiety around climate change, so Transform Our World is creating and collecting resources that speak directly to this need.

The Turning anxiety into action campaign aims to:

  • inspire student action as an outlet for climate-anxiety
  • empower calm, confident teachers who feel able to manage student climate-anxiety
  • make the case for whole-school engagement in climate change

The campaign goes live on Tuesday 28th January from which point all the resources will be available on the Transform Our World website.

London Community Foundation is open to applications to its #iwillFund, to deliver social action opportunities amongst young people aged 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people. Grants are available of £1,000-£10,000. They cannot accept applications from the following boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Find out more here. Deadline 3rd March 2020.

DofE spotlights social action in boosting character. DofE launched a newly updated “Experience List” for building character, after asking more than 4,000 people, including young people, members of the public, parents, business leaders and teachers, to tell us which activities and experiences they think are vital for building character. The list has a real social action focus, including mentoring, campaigning, volunteering, and connecting with older generations, and received a range of press pickup, generating conversation about what “character means today”. Guardian. Daily Mail. Positive News.

Paid youth traineeships with London Wildllife Trust. Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practically minded and want to learn new skills? Have you thought about a career in nature conservation?

A unique opportunity for young people aged between 16-25 to undertake a full-time, paid, three month traineeship based at London Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, where you’ll spend time working with the London Wildlife Trust team, learning valuable practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement, media/journalism and communications. Apply by 30th January. Encouraging applications from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Find out more here.

Teach First: Work Experience placements. Would you be interested in hosting a one-week paid placement for a young person (aged 15-18)? Please see more information on our Work Experience programme here. If so, contact Teach First.

Job Opportunity: “Green Influencers” Project Officer. The Ernest Cook Trust is recruiting a Project Officer. The mission of the Green Influencers Scheme is to assist young people to create deep, lasting and meaningful connections with the natural environment and through learning and skills building, help young people contribute to the local community through environmental action. The project is match funded with the #iwill Fund. This new role will be based at ECT Head Office in Fairford, where you will be the lead project officer developing and managing the Green Influencers Scheme project. Closing date: 5th February 2020. Info here.