News in brief

Quick news updates from #iwill partners.

#iwill Fund partner Coop Foundation have released their Impact and Learning Review 2017-19. The multi-media report explores how young people have been supported to tackle loneliness through #iwill Funded projects. Read the report!

#iwill Fund partner Coop Foundation launches five grants of up to £10,000 to projects across the UK that help young people support each other through bereavement. If successful, you’ll also have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding. You’ll have until 12pm (noon) on Friday 3 April to apply. Find out more and apply here.

#iwill Fund partner Sport England has published an informative blog all about what they have learned from their Potentials and Opportunity Funds. The 32 investments aimed to mobilise a new generation of volunteers, seeking to reach those who were underrepresented in sport and physical activity volunteering. Check out the blog to find out about the impact of the fund and what they’ve learned about recruiting and supporting volunteers from a range of backgrounds.

The Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) has launched a new Challenge Fund, calling for applications from organisations working in coastal communities to improve wellbeing, reduce loneliness and create intergenerational connections through arts activities. Spirit of 2012 is committed to investing between £75,000 to £100,000 over two to three years to a project that can create meaningful connections between generations, with lasting results.

Read about how the YAP developed the fund here. For any questions, please email The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th March 2020. Find out more and apply here.

RSA Academies’ social action programme for Year 4s expands into 10 more schools. Last year, they piloted RSA4 with four primary phase schools. They have now we have developed the programme further and expanded the offer to work with more pupils and schools across the West Midlands.

RSA4 will now be working with 100 Year 4 Pupil Ambassadors across ten participating schools for more intensive workshop training on leadership skills including problem-solving, teamwork, communication. The first of these workshops included pupils learning about active citizenship and their role in the community. Other workshops will focus on exploring social issues, developing a project plan and looking at social impact.

Find out more about the programme here.

Young people launch “Teach the Future”, a youth-led campaign to urgently repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. You can read their Climate Emergency Education Bill, the first bill to be written by young people, here.

They’re calling for:

1. A government commissioned review into how the whole of the English formal education system is preparing students for the climate emergency and ecological crisis
Inclusion of the climate emergency and ecological crisis in teacher training and a new professional teaching qualification
2. An English Climate Emergency Education Act to provide general duty on educational organisations to teach about the climate emergency and provide funding to enable this
3. A national climate emergency youth voice grant fund
4. A national Youth Climate Endowment Fund
5. All new state-funded educational buildings should be net-zero from 2022; all existing state-funded educational buildings net-zero by 2030

Find out more here.

Rise Above premiere latest film, Exposed.

This gripping drama explores loneliness, toxic use of social media, anger and self-care as part of a new series of mental health films.

Starring Mia McKenna-Bruce (Dumping Ground, Watch What I do, Witcher & Get Even), Kaine Zajaz (Raised by Wolves, Informer & Our Girl), Ricky Smart (Top Boy), Ruthxjiah Bellenea (Best Supporting Actress award winner for The Last Tree) and internet sensation Tyrell Morgan (Ty Logan). With solid support from the stellar Indra OveLiz May-Brice, Salman Akhtar and Tamer Hassan.

  • Commissioned by Rise Above in association with DCMS.
  • Fully Focused is a youth led media organisation that uses the power of film to challenge perceptions, raise awareness and progress young lives.
  • Fully Focused train young people in all aspects of film production, make films and share them via the MYM Channel. The team in training feed into projects at every stage of the production process.
  • In the last year alone Fully Focused have created over 200 paid work opportunities for young people and many more across our growing list of industry supporters.
  • Fully Focused’s Youtube channel #MYM has 300k regular subscribers aged 16-25yrs and has accumulated over 45+ million views.
  • Script by Shazia Rashid – BBC Writers’ Academy, winner of ITV’s Original Voices scheme, Eastenders, Holby City.
  • Directed by award-winning director Teddy Nygh, founder and Creative Director of Fully Focused Productions