Northern Ireland: Young People’s Perspectives on volunteering – research. Volunteer Now’s Young Life and Times Survey “Volunteering Matters: Young People’s Perspectives”, released in December, is now available to view. The survey shows trends of participation in volunteering, particularly reflecting socioeconomic and gender-based trends, as well as high levels of school work not leaving enough time for volunteering. Read here.

Honorary Fellowship for Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE. Julia Cleverdon, co-founder of the #iwill Campaign and trustee for Step Up To Serve, has been named Jubilee Centre Honorary Research Fellow for her contribution to character education.

Step Up to Serve has moved – just over the bridge! We are now based at Raleigh International, Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. See on a map

Share your best practice for youth social action & Careers in schools: The #iwill team are working with The Careers and Enterprise Company have commissioned the education and youth “think and action tank” LKMco to create a toolkit for schools to help them use Youth Social Action (YSA) within their careers education provision. LKMco are currently conducting a research and scoping exercise to better understand and communicate the benefits of YSA in helping schools meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. This scoping exercise will ensure the toolkit meets schools’ needs, does not duplicate existing resources, and makes best use of the abundance of research and expertise that already exists in the sector.
We’re currently looking to speak to people who are doing, or know of, great practice in terms of using YSA for careers work in schools. If you’ve got something interesting to share with us we’d love to hear from you, so please drop Abi an email with an outline of it on and we’ll get back in touch with you shortly.

Job opportunity: Director, Youth United Foundation: Youth United Foundation is a collaborative Network of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to create and deliver programmes so that more young people – especially those facing disadvantage – have the opportunity to become part of a uniformed youth group. Our ideal candidate is likely to understand and embody the principles of collaborative leadership and have exceptional people skills, the ability to create and deliver strategy and a high level of emotional intelligence. Find out more here. Closing Date for applications is: 9am, Monday 4th February 2019

Contract to manage Our Bright Future’s Youth Function: The Youth Function is integral to Our Bright Future and ensures that young people are central to projects, the programme and the overall portfolio. We are looking for an organisation to manage our Youth Function until December 2021. The deadline for completed applications is Sunday 3 February 2019. If you have any questions contact Cath Hare, Programme Manager on  Find out more here and here.  Deadline for applications, 3rd February 2019.

Tampon Tax Funding Opportunity. Does your organisation work to support and empower vulnerable women and girls? Bids are open til January 20th for charities to receive at least £1 million from the Tampon Tax Fund. Find out more.


Careers and Enterprise Company Fund for Primaries: There is much evidence to show that getting involved in Youth Social Action at a primary level develops employability skills such as problem solving, grit and empathy and has a positive effect on wellbeing. There is a clear link between participation in social action at a primary level and developing aspiration, skills and networks. The Careers and Enterprise Company, in line with the Department for Education’s career strategy, are investing £2million in developing and extending career-related learning in primary schools. This Fund will build the evidence base through both scaling and evaluating existing careers programmes and developing and testing new programmes through incubation and support.

Career-related learning in primary schools is about exploration, understanding and challenging stereotypes for all children. These stereotypes, adopted from as young as six, impact on engagement in learning and go on to influence career aspirations and subject choices as they progress through secondary school. Helping children to expand their ideas of who they could become is a fundamental part of career-related learning in primary education.

Existing programmes and new ideas for interventions will greatly benefit both from the Fund and its evaluation. We are seeking projects to apply for funding to help children keep their horizons broad and the doors open. This is a great opportunity for organisations looking to expand their youth social action reach into primary schools.

For more information on the Fund, please see the Prospectus here.