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1212, 2019

#iwill Ambassadors on the General Election

December 12th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Young People News|

General Election 2019: #iwill Ambassadors reflect on the power of youth voice and share their hopes and concerns for a future government Too often, young people's voices are not recognised. This is particularly true in general elections, where young people are often dismissed as unlikely to vote, and where the definition of the "youth vote" can go up to age 34. [...]

112, 2019

#iwill Advent Calendar

December 1st, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

Countdown to Christmas with the Power of Youth Each day of advent we'll be celebrating the incredible difference young people are making in their communities, by themselves and alongside the brilliant organisations who are part of the #iwill campaign. The #iwill campaign wants to make sure all young people have the opportunity to make a difference by taking part in social action. Together with our 300 #iwill ambassadors [...]

2911, 2019

November News-in-Brief

November 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

#iwill Ambassador Lanai interviews Step Up To Serve CEO, Rania Marandos Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) Survey on Primary Education CEC have recently appointed The Centre for Education and Youth (the developers of the Youth Social Action Toolkit) to support them with the development of an online career-related learning platform for primary schools. They hope the platform will support educators to develop, embed and enhance [...]

2911, 2019

Politicians: Put #ChildrenAtTheHeart

November 29th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

#iwill joins open letter to political party leaders We are joining 140+ organisations in a call to all political parties to put children and young people at the heart of this General Election. Our open letter calls on all political leaders to set out their solutions to the pressing issues facing children and young people, including child poverty, [...]

2811, 2019

5 Ways to Embed Youth Social Action

November 28th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

5 Ways Your Organisation can Embrace the Power of Young People What more can organisations do to embed youth social action into their culture and practice? This is a question we get asked a lot by #iwill campaign supporters, and luckily for you we have a handy checklist of the 5 things you can do to fully embrace the POWER of young people to make a [...]

2211, 2019

Celebrating Young Changemakers with First Give

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Recognise and celebrate YP|

Celebrating Youth Social Action: First Give at Ark Acton Academy  First Give, an organisation supporting secondary schools and their students to engage in social action, reflect on their celebrations at the First Give Final at Ark Acton Academy on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Find out more about First Give here. On Wednesday night this week parents, teachers, students and other [...]

2011, 2019

BBC Bitesize spotlights #iwill Ambassadors

November 20th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, Education, News, Young People News|

BBC Bitesize highlight the power of youth social action in collaboration with #iwill Ambassadors BBC Bitesize is telling the stories of #iwill Ambassadors Dara, Billie, Bradley and Sophia to help other young people understand the incredible transformative power of social action - not only for the communities and people the action helps, but also on the young people taking action themselves. [...]

1811, 2019

#iwill Ambassador blog: Five tips to make opportunities inclusive

November 18th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Prioritise YSA, Young People News|

Are your social action opportunities inclusive enough? Charli is an #iwill Ambassador and student from Birmingham.  Here, she gives organisations her five tips for making your social action opportunities more inclusive. You can read Charli’s #iwill Ambassador profile here, or see what she’s up to on Twitter at @charli_c_. “The best way to know if your work or organisation is [...]

811, 2019

How employers can recognise experience

November 8th, 2019|Categories: Organisations News|

Valuing Young People's Experiences Beyond Work Article by Jenny Roper on how allowing young people to share non-work experiences at recruitment is widening National Grid’s talent pool. This article first appeared in HR Magazine on March 1st, 2016. If National Grid hadn’t been so aware of the responsibility you take on and skills you get by participating in social action programmes it would have [...]

811, 2019

School Character Guidance

November 8th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|Tags: , , , |

Youth Social Action at the heart of Character Education Guidance for Schools The Department for Education launched guidance for schools on Tuesday 5th November, highlighting the critical role volunteering and service plays in pupils’ character education. The guidance builds on evidence shared by #iwill campaign partners and #iwill Ambassadors with the DfE earlier this year highlighting the powerful impact social action can have on young people, [...]

2510, 2019

October: News in Brief

October 25th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Government announces funding for youth projects and expansion of #iwill Fund Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced on October 25th. The investment includes up to £7 million for a Youth Accelerator Fund that will expand existing successful projects, and address urgent needs in the youth sector by delivering extra sessions in youth clubs, and promoting positive activities in sport [...]

2410, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Blog: Emily on United Nations Day

October 24th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News|

Taking action on the Sustainable Development Goals 24th October 2019 is United Nations Day, marking the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. #iwill Ambassador Emily Fox reflects here on her social action with the United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals. "Each Sustainable Development Goal represents things that many of us take for [...]

1810, 2019

Case Study: Scottish School Children Protect the Environment

October 18th, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, Case Study, Education, News, Organisations News, Work Together|

Our Lady's Primary #wildbottlesighting success! Have you seen a ‘wild bottle?’ Our Lady’s RC Primary School wanted to know! Working with the Marine Conservation Society and the Have You Got The Bottle? Campaign, the pupils highlighted the issue of littered plastic bottles across Scotland through the #wildbottlesighting social media campaign in school, at the beach and in parliament! Children engaged in Marine Conservation [...]

1610, 2019

Case Study: Working together to make a difference

October 16th, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, 5 Ways To Embed, Case Study, Education, Health & Social Care, News, Organisations News, Work Together|

Prince's Trust bring hospital garden back to life Dorset Community Hospital write about the partnerships they've created that have enabled young people from their local college to make a difference, learn about careers in health and do their bit for nature. Sorting out the flower beds and bringing them back to life. Posing with the frog bought with money raised from [...]

1510, 2019

Blog: A warm welcome to the #iwill campaign

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Uncategorized|

New #iwill Ambassadors reflect on joining the campaign On 4th October 2019 the #iwill campaign held a 'Future of #iwill' event to welcome 2019's new cohort of Ambassadors, and to bring together #iwill partners to celebrate the successes and discuss the future of the campaign. The event was kindly hosted and supported by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University.  Here, Ambassadors Guy and Patrick [...]

1510, 2019

How-to: Research from Henley Business School

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Education, Organisations News|

Improve school performance, enhance student wellbeing, and increase teacher engagement by embedding social action in the curriculum By Alexandra Bamburova (MBA), Henley Business School, University of Reading "Social action gives students the mentality, ‘Oh, I can do something for someone else and I am doing it. This makes me feel really good’." Involvement in social action can help [...]

1110, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Lanai’s poem

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News|

#iwill Ambassador & Wassup member pens powerful poem Lanai volunteers full time for Wassup (Women Against Sexual Exploitation and Violence Speak Up) a team of 35 young women who raise awareness of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual violence. Altogether, they've delivered workshops to 2,200 schoolchildren across Suffolk. Lanai performed this poem to two hundred #iwill Ambassadors, their families and #iwill partners at the University of Birmingham in [...]

1110, 2019

Youth Voice: The Big Hospital Experiment

October 11th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, Health & Social Care, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

The BBC’s Big Hospital Experiment has revealed the grit and determination of young people who want to support the NHS and make a positive contribution to society. Gabrielle Matthews, 2018 #iwill Ambassador writes: #iwill Ambassador, Gabrielle Matthews "The reactions of others to their efforts have chimed with my expectations - with patients and staff underestimating their true potential - but [...]

910, 2019

The Young Trustees Movement – Will you pledge?

October 9th, 2019|Categories: News, Offer leadership opps, Organisations News, Uncategorized|

The Young Trustees Movement, supported the Blagrave Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Co-op Foundation, Zing and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has launched. They aim to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024 in England and Wales. You can read the full press release here. Young trustees Ceylon & Tom chat to students from Queens Park Primary at Kew Gardens, November [...]

710, 2019

Introducing the 2019 #iwill Ambassadors

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

50 young change-makers join as #iwill campaign Ambassadors We are living through a time of unprecedented challenge. Now more than ever we need to value the role that young people can play and support them to become active citizens. Because they have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the [...]

210, 2019

News In Brief | September

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News, Young People News|

Nesta Funding Opportunity for Young People Nesta Challenges has re-launched the Longitude Explorer Prize, offering £1 million of funding and support to youth groups across the UK. It is aimed at 11-16 years old who will be provided with tools and resources to help develop innovative tech solutions to society’s biggest issues. The Prize aims to inspire entrepreneurship among a diverse range of young people and engage them with [...]

210, 2019

How-to Guide: Fearless Futures

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Education, News, Organisations News, Prioritise YSA|

5 ways your school can make saying #iwill more inclusive "We can and must do more to re-centre the voices pushed to the sides, to share the (extra)ordinary achievements of so many people from black communities in Britain and beyond." "A lack of role models everyone can relate to requires more than just a plaster" [...]

210, 2019

Youth Voice: #iwill Ambassador Tahirah

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Young People News|

Tahirah uses social media and her favourite sport to break down stereotypes Tariah is a weightlifter. She also happens to be an 18 year old #iwill Ambassador from Wales, a woman and a Muslim. She's breaking down barriers using her platforms to challenge stereotypes. Hear it from herself: "They think 'well, your headscarf must have an effect on your ability', but this [...]

110, 2019

Case Study: Intergenerational Volunteering

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Health & Social Care, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

Young volunteer, Tessa, 16 volunteers to support older patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary This is the story of Tessa Yau, who volunteers with the Royal Voluntary Service as an on-ward volunteer, recognising both the benefit her action brings to the patients she's working with as well as herself. Young volunteer, Jyoti with an older patient at Nottingham University Hospital. "I [...]

3009, 2019

#iwill campaign partners welcome new funding for youth services

September 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Today the Chancellor announced a £500 million investment over five years from April 2020, to invest in local youth services. Youth sector chief executives, including Rania Marandos, CEO of Step Up To Serve, welcomed this announcement, saying: “Having worked collaboratively across the sector for the past year, we welcome today’s announcement of a Government offer for young people. We hope this much-needed investment will form the cornerstone of a long-term [...]

2609, 2019

Youth Voice: Tessy’s Story

September 26th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Young People News|

Colour Blind: Short Film Colour Blind is written and performed by a group of 16-year olds from the West End of Newcastle. The piece was supported by New Writing North, and turned into a film with the support of the Virgin Money Foundation #iwill Take Action Fund. One of the writers and performers, Tessy speaks to project producer Emily Wiseman. "When people say [...]

509, 2019

August | News-In-Brief

September 5th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Calling #iwill4nature supporters 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. We will ask partners to complete a survey 2 times over the next year to help understand progress (in August 2019 and January 2020). This short survey is designed to find out a bit more about [...]

509, 2019

Case Study: Nottingham Hospital’s Summer School

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Health & Social Care, News, Organisations News|

Nottingham University Hospital: Youth Volunteering Summer School Youth Volunteering Manager at Nottingham University Hospitals, Liz Charalambous reflects why they worked with young people to create their summer school, supported by the Pears #iwill Fund. "My favourite thing about volunteering is that I get the opportunity to make patients feel at ease at a time that is incredibly scary and anxious" [...]

509, 2019

Supporting Youth Social Action in School: #iwill Fund Learning Hub

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Education, News, Organisations News|

Supporting youth social action in schools The #iwill Fund Learning Hub explores how best funders and youth social action delivery organisations can best support youth social action in schools "Youth social action leaders can become champions in their own networks, and spread the message on how to deliver youth social action really well" The report was produced, in partnership with [...]

509, 2019

Case Study: A Home-Grown Curriculum

September 5th, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, Case Study, News, Organisations News|Tags: |

Liverpool school using nature to support cross-curriculum teaching Trees for Cities and Blessed Sacrament Primary School write about how they're using environmental social action to support cross-curriculum teaching. "Get the children outside to learn in the garden. It will benefit them, the teachers, and the wider school community" Liverpool’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School has been [...]

509, 2019

Case Study: Youth Volunteering at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Health & Social Care, News, Organisations News|

"Educators need to have more confidence in volunteering opportunities" CW+, the charity at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital reflect on their visit from the #iwill Fund Leadership Board and the opportunities and challenges of working with schools and colleges to promote youth social action. "Work experience by nature can be passive, whereas volunteering is a dynamic and live role affording volunteers the [...]

409, 2019

Leading youth charities welcome spending commitment to youth services

September 4th, 2019|Categories: Organisations News, Uncategorized|

Leading youth organisations, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of young people they support and represent, are today welcoming the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement asking DCMS to develop proposals immediately for a new youth investment fund. This announcement is the first step in offering young people across the country safe spaces and high-quality youth opportunities in their communities.  Today, young people are facing urgent challenges – one in three [...]

208, 2019

Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC

August 2nd, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, Case Study, Organisations News, Prioritise YSA, Voluntary Pledges|Tags: |

In this case study, Jenny Griffiths, Education Programme Coordinator at The Marine Conservation Society, shares how they faced up to their challenges in engaging young people. This year their beach clean and citizen science project aimed at primary schools, Cool Seas Clean Up, ended up reaching 2110 young people aged 3-11 years around the UK. Engaging young people with our Beachwatch Beach Clean and [...]

2407, 2019

Case Study: PLEDGES

July 24th, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Organisations News, Prioritise YSA, Recognise and celebrate YP|

Swavesey Village College: Where social action is part of every students' education Georgina Curtis, Assistant Headteacher at Swavesey Village College, a secondary school in Cambridgeshire, writes about how they've embedded social action into education for all of their 1317 students. Every student will have participated in a volunteering experience before they leave us, and by embedding youth social action into the structure of [...]

2207, 2019

July | News-In-Brief

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Young Citizens are looking for a Young Trustee Young Citizens are seeking to recruit somebody between the ages of 18-23 to our Board of Trustees.  They want to try to reflect a relevant range of skills and experiences on their Board and feel that they would benefit from the experience of somebody who has relatively recently been a student in the education system and/or has experience as a young [...]

2207, 2019

Department for Education launches Character Awards for Schools

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Young 'Special Agents of Change' from Yeading Junior School, with their head teacher Carole Jones. In recognition of the work in schools to help young people build character and resilience, the Department for Education will be relaunching the Character Awards, which highlight innovative or outstanding programmes that develop a wide variety of positive character traits. Schools will be able to enter in October, ahead of [...]

2207, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Yetunde on leading our Env. Steering Group

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News|

From left: Peta Foxall, The Wildlife Trusts, alongside co-chair Yetunde Kehinde.  Yetunde speaks at the launch of #iwill4nature, January 2019. The #iwill Environment Steering Group meets quarterly to bring together organisations across the environmental voluntary sector, alongside DEFRA, to form partnerships and share learning around embedding youth environmental action into the lives of young people across the UK. This year, in collaboration with DEFRA's Year [...]

2207, 2019

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

The Children's Media Conference 2019 attracted over 1,250 delegates to Sheffield on 2-4 July. #iwill Ambassadors Dan and Alvin attended as BAFTA sponsored 'Changemakers', two of ten young people with something to say – campaigners, entrepreneurs, activists and artists. They intervened at the beginning of several key sessions – and came together to discuss young people, politics and activism in Kids Taking a Stand. Alvin [...]

2207, 2019

New NHS Youth Social Action Programme

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

by Emma Easton, Head of Voluntary Partnerships NHS England and NHS Improvement One of the commitments within the NHS Long Term Plan is to establish programmes of work which will give greater access to volunteering opportunities for younger people. On 27 June 2019 NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Voluntary Partnership Team facilitated an initial workshop with young people and a wide range of partners, including #iwill, to develop a [...]

2207, 2019

Reflections on a final Education Summit

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, Education|

Adam Ramgoolie,#iwill Ambassador and founder of Get2Learn, has been chair of our Education Summit for over a year. Find him on Twitter @RamgoolieAdam. The final #iwill Education Summit of this academic year proved to be a fruitful and exciting one! Following exciting announcements from Ofsted to firmly recognise the importance of wellbeing and the social action in their inspection framework, we have moved [...]

1107, 2019

Three weeks in the life of the #iwill campaign

July 11th, 2019|Categories: Young People News|

My name is Samir Badaro, and I'm a Criminology student about to embark on my final year at the University of Bristol. Earlier this year, I won the ‘Impactful Social Action’ category at TargetJob's Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Teach First and the #iwill campaign. I was rewarded with the opportunity to work with Step Up To Serve (SUTS), who [...]

2806, 2019

Case Study: Co-op Academies

June 28th, 2019|Categories: Case Study, Education, Organisations News, Work Together|

Co-op Academies Community Apprentice Programme Micaela, from Envision writes about their work inspiring social action in education with the Co-op Academies as part of the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund. From mental health and period poverty to the environment and LGBTQ+ rights, 80 students from six Co-op Academies, as part of the Community Apprentice programme, have reached over 4000 young people through [...]

2806, 2019

Case Study: Our Bright Future

June 28th, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, Case Study, Offer leadership opps, Organisations News|Tags: |

Putting young people at the heart of political influence Roberta Antonaci is the Policy and Campaigns Manager at Our Bright Future. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Our Bright Future is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment [...]

1906, 2019

June | News in Brief

June 19th, 2019|Categories: News, Organisations News|

Rescuing vInspired vInspired.com is a digital hub bursting with opportunities for young people to change their lives and the lives of others. Much more than just a volunteering service, vInspired helps 14 -25 year-olds build the skills they need to progress in a career they want. At the same time, vInspired provides the means to transform local communities and provide a helping hand to charities in need. A crowfunder [...]

1406, 2019

Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education

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

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 [...]

2305, 2019

May | News-In-Brief

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

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 [...]

2205, 2019

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

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

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 [...]

2105, 2019

Learning Hub Papers

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

#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 [...]

2105, 2019

#iwill Advisory Council at St James’s Palace

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

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. [...]

2105, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week: Vlogs

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

#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.

2005, 2019

The Power of Youth Social Action: #iwill Impact Report

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

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, [...]

2005, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Lucy: Youth Mental Health

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

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 [...]

2005, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Abbey: Rural Mental Health

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

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, [...]

2005, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week: The Russell School

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

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 [...]

2104, 2019

April – News in Brief

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

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 [...]

1704, 2019

Government Pilot Youth Policy Group

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

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 [...]

1404, 2019

Report: Environmental Volunteering in Young People

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

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 [...]

1104, 2019

UK Government Announces Youth Charter

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

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 [...]

2003, 2019

March – News in Brief

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

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 [...]

2003, 2019

WE Day 2019

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

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 [...]

2003, 2019

Headteacher Responds: Ofsted Inspection Consultation

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

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 [...]

1903, 2019

#iwill Partners respond: Ofsted Inspection Consultation

March 19th, 2019|Categories: News|

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. [...]

1803, 2019

#iwill Change A Life Week at Blackpool College

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

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 [...]

703, 2019

IWD2019: How I changed music A-level

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

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 [...]

2702, 2019

“We must challenge adults”

February 27th, 2019|Categories: #GreenCaseStudy, Ambassadors News, News, Organisations News, Young People News|

Dara McAnulty, Age 15, #iwill Ambassador 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 [...]

2702, 2019

February – News in Brief

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

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 [...]

2702, 2019

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

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

"Don't let fear hold you back from doing what you love..." 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 [...]

2002, 2019

Chris Jones, Ofsted on the new inspection framework

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

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 [...]

1502, 2019

Case Study – University Students & Primaries: Laureus Sport for Good

February 15th, 2019|Categories: Case Study, News, Organisations News, Prioritise YSA, Work Together|

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 [...]

702, 2019

Education Secretary’s five foundations for building character

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

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". [...]

3101, 2019

Environment Secretary launches #iwill4nature

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

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 [...]

1601, 2019

Ofsted: consultation on new inspection framework

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

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 [...]

1601, 2019

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

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

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 [...]

1601, 2019

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

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

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 [...]

1601, 2019

#iwill Ambassador Emily: We must persevere to be heard

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

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 [...]

1601, 2019

January – News in Brief

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

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 [...]

701, 2019

#iwill campaign welcomes NHS long-term plan

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

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 [...]

1712, 2018

Letter to NHS Trusts from NHS Youth Forum

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

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 [...]

1712, 2018

December – News In Brief

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

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 [...]

2611, 2018

‘Spirit of 2012’ Youth Advisory members on #iwill

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

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 [...]

2611, 2018

Action to a Greener Future

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

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 [...]

2611, 2018

#iwill Ambassadors on inspiring the latest generation

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

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 [...]

1511, 2018

Case Study: Beanstalk

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

Beanstalk reflects on their progress since their #iwill pledge A blog from 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 [...]

1411, 2018

Case Study: University Hospital Bristol’s Pears #iwill Young Volunteer Project

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

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 [...]

1910, 2018

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Consultation

October 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

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 [...]

1910, 2018

#iwill Fund Impact in Manchester

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

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 [...]

1810, 2018

Young People in the Year of Green Action

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

Judith White, Environment Campaign Manager 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’, [...]

1810, 2018

October News in Brief

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

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 [...]

1010, 2018

WMHD 18: Youth social action improves health and wellbeing

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

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 [...]

910, 2018

Event: NHS & #iwill empowering young people in health

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

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; [...]

2109, 2018

Cadet responds to £5 mil uniformed youth investment

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

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 [...]

1809, 2018

Report: Socio-economic advantage and volunteering in adolescence

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

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 [...]

1809, 2018

The tide is turning – encouraging trends from school teachers revealed

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

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 [...]

1809, 2018

#iwill Ambassador Adam on Social Mobility

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

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 [...]

1209, 2018

September News in Brief

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

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 [...]

108, 2018

10/10 for Green Tree Schools Award

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

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 [...]

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