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 volunteering or other forms of social action, just 5% of adults think that young people today are very likely to do social action. You can read the report here, and catch the panel discussion here.


Relationships, Sex, and Health Education: Are you responding to the Department for Education’s consultation on draft guidance for Relationships, Sex, and Health Education? Include these five lines to support social action in your response.


Campaign partner: Founders4Schools held a reception on 9th October to present their Annual Report and celebrate the people who had most successfully used their platform to connect employers to schools.  Most employer encounters arranged through the platform do not yet involve opportunities for youth social action. Founders4Schools are keen to get  #iwill campaign partners who participate in the programme to find ways to bring social action into the portfolio of offers. Please let us know if you use the Founders4Schools platform and can help us to bring to life the social action work that employers can champion.


Join Unicef’s campaign: Unicef’s primary campaign offer for schools and youth organisations, OutRight, is this year focused on the impact of air pollution on children’s health, and they are providing free resource packs (for children ages 8-11 and young people ages 12-18).  Sign up here, and learn more here. The resources are available for download here.


Funding for NHS volunteer coordinators: Pears Foundation, through the Pears #iwill Fund, have joined forces with NHS England and NHS Improvement to grow youth volunteering across health and care services as part of the NHS 70th birthday year.  Working with NHS Trusts and their respective charities, they are seed funding youth volunteer coordinators in sites across England, aiming to embed high-quality, inclusive and sustainable opportunities for young people to engage with their local NHS Trust in a variety of roles. They are already working with 15 trusts, and will be accepting applications from more until the end of 2018. For more information on how to apply to the fund, visit the Pears Foundation website here.


Businesses and #GreenGBWeek: #iwill campaign partners have been sharing case studies to celebrate the work businesses are doing to involve young people in environmental social action.  As part of our contribution to Green Great Britain Week (15-19 October), we are pleased to promote the role that young people are playing in helping to raise awareness among employers of the importance of creating greener business and a greener economy.  Take a look at the toolkit that BEIS has published to support activity in GGBW this week.

You can read some fantastic case studies here: Global Action Plan’s Youth Panel: ‘Pre-nup’Green Schools Project: Social Business ChallengeEDF Energy: The Pod2050 Climate Group: Young Leaders Development ProgramBusiness in the Community: Moorlands Junior School.

Youth social action from St John’s Ambulance: At this year’s Conservative and Labour Party Conferences, St John Ambulance volunteers and cadets hosted panels within the Youth Zone, discussing the importance of volunteering for young people and for their communities. Chaired by prominent MPs The Right Hon. Peter Aldous and Labour’s Luke Pollard, alongside guest panellists. You can read extracts of their inspiring speeches – delivered to audiences of government ministers, CEOs and volunteers – here.


£1.2 million fund opens: Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has today opened a £1.2 million fund using money from dormant bank accounts. This fund will help small community groups grow so they can better support young people facing barriers to employment. The new scheme, the Youth Capacity Fund, will go to grassroots community groups in Birmingham, Bradford, and Barking & Dagenham, three areas facing particular challenges in relation to youth unemployment. Funding will enable organisations to improve their capacity to work with young people and build partnerships across their local area. It is being administered and managed by the Big Lottery Fund, which will give grants of up to £50,000 to successful applicants. You can find out more and apply for funding here.

Job Vacancy – Head of Programmes and Impact – Envision: As Head of Programmes and Impact you will drive Envision’s attainment of outcomes and impact for young people through managing the quality of their programmes including design, resources, training and evaluation.  You will also lead their relationship building with schools and have a key role in shaping new national projects. Apply by November 11th. More information here.