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Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education

The Department for Education have launched a call for evidence on developing young people’s character both in and out of school or college.  The work is being developed with the support of their Character Advisory Group, on which a number of #iwill campaign partners sit, including our co-founder and trustee Dame Julia Cleverdon. Watch Ella's short video on the consultation below. We are calling on [...]

June 14th, 2019|Categories: Education, News, Organisations News|Tags: , , , |

May | News-In-Brief

News-In-Brief Charities Aid Foundation release a report on UK Charitable Giving trends, including findings on giving by 16-24 year old. The report states: "certain causes capture the imagination of young people more than older people. Those aged 16-24 were more likely to support children or young people (32%) than those 65+ and this has increased from 23% in 2017 to overtake ‘physical and mental health charities’ and [...]

May 23rd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Uncategorized|

Global Action Plan: ‘Climate Chaos Response Toolkit’ for schools

Navigating the chaos: toolkit helps senior leaders turn climate strikes into positive school-wide action Download toolkit here. Passionate students are not a new thing. But the recent global walkout of over 1.4million young people over the lack of climate action is unprecedented. This is new territory for schools –as recognised by the National Association of Headteachers with a motion earlier this month, pledging to [...]

May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Education, Environment, News, Organisations News|

Learning Hub Papers

#iwill Fund Learning Hub Releases Two New Papers Impact Accelerator Initial Insights Report 20/5/2019 Download here. This paper was produced as part of the #iwill Learning Hub's Quality Practice workstream, which seeks to identify strengths and weaknesses in youth social action delivery by supporting learning and improvement amongst delivery organisations and sharing the resulting learning with funders and beyond.  At the core of this workstream is a 12-month learning [...]

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Evaluate and share impact, Funders & Research, News, Organisations News|

#iwill Advisory Council at St James’s Palace

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. [...]

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Mental Health Awareness Week: Vlogs

#iwill Ambassador Sarah chats about how her social action, supporting others with their mental health, led to a whole new approach to her own mental health. #iwill Ambassador Kay shares her top tips for day to day mental health and wellbeing, looking particularly at getting outside, body image and social media.

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, Uncategorized, Youngle People News|

The Power of Youth Social Action: #iwill Impact Report

Now live: The Power of Youth Social Action The #iwill campaign Impact Report is here! Download it now to find out what we’ve been doing, what we’ve achieved and how you can help us do even more. “We’ve achieved a tremendous amount, but it’s vital for us to keep moving and keep driving the youth social action agenda forward. We can’t afford to lose a sense of urgency.” Charlotte Hill, CEO, Step [...]

#iwill Ambassador Lucy: Youth Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week Every day of every week we should be aware of mental health, but having one week solely dedicated to raising awareness is a perfect opportunity to really dive into all aspects of mental health. People of every age, ethnicity and background can experience mental health struggles, short term and long term. Difficulties in understanding mental health can come from drawing a line between physical and mental [...]

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Youngle People News|

#iwill Ambassador Abbey: Rural Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 I live in North Devon. As we like to say in the West Country, I’m a ‘Devonshire maid’! I have lived in the South West all my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. While there is a lot of conversation about mental health online and in the media, a lot of that focuses on young people struggling with social media, busy lifestyles, [...]

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Youngle People News|

Mental Health Awareness Week: The Russell School

In October 2018, The Russell School was awarded a small grant from Team London to help turn their idea for a mental health social action project into a reality. Their idea: “Bubbles for Troubles”, a mental health support bag inspired by the wellbeing section of the Team London Young Ambassadors Social Action Toolkit and by a social action workshop from Team London. Based on class discussions on issues they cared [...]

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Education, News, Organisations News|

April – News in Brief

Renaisi, in collaboration with funders and delivery organisations as part of the work of the #iwill Fund, have produced a report that explores the ways in which a community or regional approach can support and grow youth social action opportunities. Click here to check out the report. Friends of the Earth are looking to recruit their first ever young trustee, aged between 18-25.  As part of #iwill4nature, this is a [...]

April 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Government Pilot Youth Policy Group

The British Youth Council will take young people’s voices to the heart of government with new funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The year-long pilot is set to give young people aged 10-25 the opportunity to shape government policy. The new funding, will enable the charity to support the creation of a new Youth Voice Steering Group, a Young Inspectors Group and the commission of a new [...]

April 17th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Report: Environmental Volunteering in Young People

Over 2018 Traverse worked on a research project exploring young people’s experiences and attitudes towards taking part in environmental volunteering. Commissioned by Defra, we heard from over 1,100 young people across England, through a series of focus groups and a nationally representative survey of 16-24 years olds. The policy context for this research is the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and its policies to encourage more children and young people [...]

April 14th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

UK Government Announces Youth Charter

Leading Youth Organisations welcome a Youth Charter Working together, UK Youth, The Scouts, Girlguiding, National Youth Agency, NCS Trust, Youth United Foundation, Step up to Serve, The Prince’s Trust, and the British Youth Council have been calling on the Government to develop a Youth Charter. Today, we welcome the news that Mims Davies Minister for Sport and Civil Society has announced that a new Youth Charter will be developed following [...]

April 11th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

March – News in Brief

This 22nd April will be the first Stephen Lawrence Day. The Stephen Lawrence Trust are offering grants of up to £400 to deliver positive activities to inspire young community activists, reflecting on and learning from Stephen's story.  More here   Social action against knife violence. With levels knife crime rising, and young people across the country feeling unsafe in their communities, we thought we would share these examples of young [...]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

WE Day 2019

On 6th March 2019, #iwill Ambassadors Adam, Sarah and Usman joined #iwill Fund leadership board members Dunola and Jenny (and tens of thousands of other young people) at Wembley Stadium for WE Day, a celebration of the impact that young people can have in their communities and in the world. Have a read below for some thoughts and updates from the young people who attended! ______ " WE Day is [...]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Headteacher Responds: Ofsted Inspection Consultation

Carole Jones is an active member of the #iwill campaign's Education Steering Group and Headteacher at Yeading Junior School, Hayes, a school which puts character education and social action at the heart of the curriculum. Read her reflections on the consultation, as well as what her own school has learned from years of prioritising social action. _____ The Ofsted consultation on the Proposed Education Inspection Framework 2019 is an encouraging step [...]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

#iwill Partners respond: Ofsted Inspection Consultation

Members of the #iwill Education Steering Group have come together to create a set of headlines for all #iwill partner organisations to consider including in response to the Ofsted inspection framework consultation. The new Ofsted inspection framework provides a fantastic opportunity to influence the way education is delivered. The new framework focuses not just on grades and attainment, but on the holistic education of students, including delivering this through youth social action. [...]

March 19th, 2019|Categories: News|

#iwill Change A Life Week at Blackpool College

Hundreds of young people from across the Fylde will be taking part in a week of action in March to support the vital work of three local charities and a leading international one, as part of the #iwill campaign. The driving force behind the week of action is the Students’ Union at Blackpool and The Fylde College, which recently signed-up to the campaign. It began by asking the 18,000 students [...]

March 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

IWD2019: How I changed music A-level

Four years ago, a seventeen year old asked the question “why is every composer in my music syllabus a man?”. This question inspired her to create a campaign that was featured in six national newspapers, on the radio and changed the content of the Edexcel A-Level Music syllabus. Her name is Jessy Mccabe and her social action journey started when she was a participant of Fearless Futures, a multi-week equality [...]

March 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Youngle People News|

#iwill Ambassador Dara: We must challenge adults

On the 31st January 2019, I was honoured and privileged to attend the #iwill4nature launch at the Zoological Society, London. As a budding naturalist and biologist, it was so exciting, to not only springboard a campaign which will engage, excite and demand action by young people, but to do it in such a place, was fantastic. I was joined in London by fellow #iwill ambassadors and organisations which have pledged [...]

February 27th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

February – News in Brief

Data and Quality Assurance Steering Group and #iwill Communications Forum. On February 13th, hosted by NCS Trust, we brought together over 60 representatives from partner organisations to examine key developments in research around youth social action, and to shape the #iwill campaign's key messages from the 2018 National Youth Social Action Survey. The Communications Forum welcomed guest speakers Eva Caiden and Kira Wong O'Connor who shared their insights on creating digital communities [...]

February 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

#iwill Ambassador Anna: Don’t let fear hold you back

It is difficult to put into words the true exhilaration you feel when you first walk on stage. Your name is called to an anticipating audience; an introductory remark is made, and before you know it, blaring music and the clapping of hands echoes across the whole arena, welcoming you to  the lectern. What follows is silence - and a true realisation that there are over 650 pairs of eyes [...]

February 27th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Chris Jones, Ofsted on the new inspection framework

HMI Dr. Chris Jones has been a member of the #iwill Education Steering Group since 2017. Here he outlines Ofsted’s perspectives on youth social action and how the new proposed inspection framework will help recognise more schools, education and training providers for supporting their students to participate. Since 2014, Ofsted has worked with Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign to highlight examples of effective social action practice in [...]

February 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

University Students & Primaries: Laureus Sport for Good

Photos by Alex Wilkinson Media Karina Enrile, University of Nottingham, Student Volunteer: I have been given the great opportunity of volunteering weekly in a local Primary school in Nottingham. Every week, myself and a group of fellow volunteers run after-school sessions, often ran like P.E lessons. What we do that’s different, however, is we tailor our sessions around developing certain skills that the children can take with them [...]

February 15th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Education Secretary’s five foundations for building character

In a speech to the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership conference on 7 February 2019, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announces five foundations for building character, which includes volunteering or practical action in the service of others. You can read the full speech here. The Education Secretary Damien Hinds said: “We all have an interest in making sure that young people are resilient, resourceful and confident in their abilities". [...]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Environment Secretary launches #iwill4nature

Launch of #iwill4nature at London Zoo attracts young ambassadors and organisations to commit to increasing green action in 2019 LONDON, UK — 31 January 2019 — The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at an event at ZSL London Zoo, marked the launch of #iwill4nature, an initiative bringing children and young people to the heart of environmental social action during the [...]

January 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Ofsted: consultation on new inspection framework

The #iwill campaign welcomes the new Inspection Framework 16.Jan.2019. We are delighted with the publication today of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, now open for consultation, which includes  “a new personal development judgement looking at the opportunities providers give to build character and resilience, and to prepare children and young people to succeed as adults and active citizens in modern Britain”. (Amanda Spielman, 16.01.19) Especially exciting is the recognition that all [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

#iwill Ambassador Razannah: The legacy of Year of Young People

My name is Razannah, I’m 16 and I’m an #iwill Ambassador from Scotland. On November 27th 2018, the annual Young Scot Awards took place, and this year I was lucky enough to be chair of the judging panel. I was chosen to be part of this year’s panel through my work with Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, as I am also a member of Communic18, a core co-design team for [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

#iwill Ambassador Zach: The New Year and the natural world

2018 has been quite a year for me with lots of things to be proud of, ranging from things that I’ve been involved in to challenges that I’ve faced. I’m lucky that I’ve been asked to be youth patron for a local wildlife project, The Wild Watch, in a beautiful corner of Yorkshire called Nidderdale, so my year really started off well. I volunteer and help out with wildlife surveys [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

#iwill Ambassador Emily: We must persevere to be heard

Often I think it can be hard to reflect at the end of the year, which is why I’ve taken a few days to remember the moments which made 2018. I have participated in a range of activities in 2018, this post will showcase a small selection of them, as well as my 2018 reflections and hopes for 2019. In February, I wrote a piece for #StudentVolunteeringWeek, where I mentioned [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

January – News in Brief

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 [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

#iwill campaign welcomes NHS long-term plan

The role of young volunteers recognised 7th January 2019. Step Up To Serve, coordinating charity for the #iwill campaign, welcomes the commitment within the NHS Long Term Plan to grow the number of young volunteers over the next decade.  The plan notes that volunteering enables young people to ‘develop skills and experience for work and education’ and to support the #iwill campaign’s efforts to ‘‘encourage NHS organisations to give greater access for younger [...]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Letter to NHS Trusts from NHS Youth Forum

Dear NHS Trust, We’ve heard that you’re interested in setting up or developing a youth social action programme. Through our role as Youth Social Action Advisors, we would like to offer you some help, advice and guidance in doing so, from knowledgeable lived-experience young volunteers. If you’re interested please read on. We are a project group of the NHS Youth Forum, comprised of its’ alumni members and supported by the [...]

December 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|

December – News In Brief

Step Up to Serve is moving - just over the bridge! From the beginning of January, we will be based at Raleigh International, Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. See on a map Young Trustees - #iwill survey. Interested in young people on your Trustee Boards?  Or are you a young person interested in being a Trustee? Take five minutes to take part in our short survey. We have partnered with [...]

December 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|

‘Spirit of 2012’ Youth Advisory members on #iwill

Why is #iwill important to young people? Sana:  Being part of a generation that is often underestimated can be frustrating but being an #iwill ambassador means that I’m able to connect with other inspiring young leaders from across the UK and continue to create positive social change within communities. #iwill not only provide a unique platform for young people to share their stories of social action, but it also empowers [...]

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Action to a Greener Future

Historically, in the eyes of some people, having any interest in ‘green’ issues or an environmental affinity would have been perceived as a niche field, outside of the mainstream. Those days have now quite rightly been consigned to the past. The Year of Green Action 2019, developed by DEFRA, will promote the agenda of protecting our natural landscape and the wildlife that belong in these spaces. The year will provide [...]

November 26th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|

#iwill Ambassadors on inspiring the latest generation

The ambassador celebration event featured three workshops led by experienced #iwill Ambassadors. This included: Raising Your Voice (communications), Taking a Seat at the Table (governance), and Expressing Yourself (creativity). Jack and Connor, who led on Raising Your Voice, share their thoughts below. The ambassador celebration at Kew Gardens was, as is always the case with Step Up to Serve, a hugely inspiring, truly youth led day. Watching a team of six primary school children [...]

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|

Beanstalk reflects on their progress since their #iwill pledge

Ginny Lunn, CEO of Beanstalk "Beanstalk, a national children’s reading charity, was founded in 1973 by a lady called Susan Belgrave. She was a social activist and saw that children were struggling in her community and she wanted to make a difference. She knew education was so important to give children the best chance in life and a small group of friends started reading with children in primary schools. 45 [...]

November 15th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , |

University Hospital Bristol’s Pears #iwill Young Volunteer Project

Nancy, the Young People Volunteering Project Co-ordinator at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, writes on the progress of their Pears #iwill fund young volunteer programme. "September and October are very busy months for the Voluntary Services team. As students return to Bristol’s universities, colleges and schools, we see an increase in the number of applications to join the Trust’s team of volunteers. This year, these applications have increased further [...]

November 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , , |

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Consultation

Overview The Department for Education are consulting on draft guidance created to enable schools to deliver Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. From September 2020, all schools across primary and secondary will be required to teach Relationships Education, and all secondary schools will be required to teach Sex Education. All maintained schools (both primary and secondary) will be required to teach Health Education. Schools may accommodate this within [...]

October 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

#iwill Fund Impact in Manchester

Young Manchester is a registered charity that leverages and influences a vast network of organisations, schools and businesses across the city of Manchester with the goal to embed a Youth Social Action culture. The board approved a £2m award to Young Manchester last year. On the 18th of July, Fiona, Jack, Kawika and I had a lovely day visiting four of the projects they have recently funded and thus got an insight into the [...]

October 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|Tags: , , |

Young People in the Year of Green Action

These days it might come as a surprise to many to realise that over the last two decades the percentage of people in the UK who have considered pollution or the environment to be an important issue has rarely been above 10 per cent. But it seems as if the dial might be shifting thanks to the so-called ‘Blue Planet effect’, and I believe we are in a unique position [...]

October 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , , |

October News in Brief

Research and discussion: On 15th of October,  #iwill partner the RSA launched their report 'Teenagency: How young people can create a better world', at a stirring event featuring Dame Julia Cleverdon, #iwill Ambassador Adam Ramgoolie, alongside Ruth Ibegbuna (Founder of Reclaim and Director at The Roots programme), and Sam Conniff-Allende (Chair of Generation Change). Amongst a range of exciting findings, the report found that whilst 8% of young people have participated in [...]

October 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|

WMHD 18: Youth social action improves health and wellbeing

Embedding youth social action to support mental health and wellbeing Today is World Mental Health Day 2018, a day where we will hear from people and organisations all around the world about their own mental health stories, and what they are doing to make a positive difference to the lives of those coping with mental health issues. Today, young people’s voices will be a critical part of the discussion, as [...]

October 10th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|Tags: , , |

Event: NHS & #iwill empowering young people in health

Empowering Young People in Health and Care As part of the NHS70 birthday year, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Public Health England formed a partnership with the #iwill campaign and the Pears Foundation to grow and sustain youth volunteering and social action in health and care. Youth volunteering and social action creates a double benefit to communities and young people. It can add value and improve patient and staff experience; [...]

October 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , |

Cadet responds to £5 mil uniformed youth investment

Youth United Foundation Panel Ambassador and RAF Air Cadet Jordan responds to announcement of the Government's £5 million investment in uniformed youth services. A recent announcement by Minister for Civil Society Tracey Crouch will see “a new £5 million fund” with the aim to “increase places in uniformed youth groups to reach vulnerable young people and allow for expansion in deprived areas”. For Jordan, being an ambassador on the Youth United Foundation panel [...]

September 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|Tags: , |

Report: Socio-economic advantage and volunteering in adolescence

New research has found that schools play a key role in creating volunteering opportunities for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Given the ever increasing focus on widening participation in volunteering to include under-represented groups, this research suggests that organisations seeking to increase youth engagement in voluntary activities of all types should focus their energies through schools. There is a stable relationship between social class and engagement in volunteering among [...]

September 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , |

The tide is turning – encouraging trends from school teachers revealed

An insight from our Associate Director of Education Kerri Hall Let me start by saying thank you to all of the inspiring #iwill partners who have made my transition back to the Step Up To Serve team after maternity leave so immensely invigorating! Having joined the campaign team back in 2014, just a few months after its launch, I have had the privilege to see the evidence on what we [...]

September 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , |

#iwill Ambassador Adam on Social Mobility

The past month has been an exciting one for the Education and Social Mobility Sector! On 2nd September, Get2Learn - a youth advocacy group I founded - and the Fair Education Alliance - a UK coalition of social mobility organisations - held the First Fair Education Youth Summit! Attended by young people involved in youth social action, including fellow #iwill Ambassador Usman Ahmed, the event demonstrated the power of us [...]

September 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News, Youngle People News|Tags: , , |

September News in Brief

Youth groups call for social action ‘national service’: an open letter to the Prime minister urges a launch of a full-time civic duty scheme for those under 30. Check out this coverage of a response to the Full Time Social Action Review: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/11/calls-for-new-social-action-national-service-for-young   Expressions of Interest for local authority Enabling Social Action partners is now open. The two-year Enabling Social Action (ESA) programme is a partnership between the Department [...]

September 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: |

10/10 for Green Tree Schools Award

An educational initiative which encourages teachers to take the classroom outdoors and connect children with woods and wildlife has signed up its 10,000th school. The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, sees schools gain points for completing activities, progressing through bronze, silver and gold levels until they reach the prestigious platinum title. Woodland Trust Schools and Communities Engagement Manager Karen Letten said: “It’s fantastic [...]

August 1st, 2018|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , |

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