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:


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 for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Universities of Sheffield and Hull. It aims to support local authority commissioners to co-design, co-produce and co-deliver services with local people, service users, and civil society organisations, to embed social action in their routine working.

For more information and to apply to become an ESA partner please visit: The deadline is 11:59pm on 12 October 2018.


Watch this video to see how a national initiative to create opportunities for young people to volunteer in their own communities has been launched in Northumberland at Alnwick Castle:

Research: #iwill partner Covi report on millennial perceptions of Brexit. Involving lots of #iwill partners, this report celebrates the importance of youth engagement with politics and democracy:

Watch this video: #iwill pledging partner, Action for Conservation, have had their young ambassadors create a film to showcase their anti-plastic campaigning. Take a look here:

Pledge Partner: Earlier this month, the 6th September saw #ReadABookDay trend all day long. We’ve recently had a new updated pledge from literacy charity Beanstalk, making the link between reading and youth social action! Check it out at:

Pledge Partner: #iwill partner the Archbishop of York Trust, recently shared news of one its schools in Carlisle, which, through the Young Leaders Award, facilitated loads of amazing social action projects including celebrating the NHS 70th birthday – see more:

UK’s first digital identity card: #iwill partner Yoti have launched a campaign and offer to give free digital ID cards to young people through universities, colleges and secondary schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Without an ID, young people are being socially excluded, overlooked and left behind. Yoti strongly believe that money and age shouldn’t be barriers to proving who you are. So Yoti and CitizenCard have teamed up to launch the UK’s first digital identity card. It’s police approved and can be used to create a digital identity with the free Yoti app! More details here:

Social action projects: Young Ambassadors from #iwill partner Team London have taken on social action projects on a range of topics, from homelessness to food poverty:

Social action project: It’s been all lights, camera and action for The Red Carpet Club; they’ve created a film to raise awareness for male victims of domestic abuse and even made it into the Jewish News. With support from charity “The Mix”, The Red Carpet Club hope to help give men the confidence to ask for help and to teach people how to be supportive to a friend or family member who is suffering from abuse. They’ve been publicising their film on social media using their @justacallthatsall handle, view it here:

Research: On Monday 15th October the RSA will hold a panel discussion as part of their public events programme to mark the launch of their new report: Teenagency: how young people are changing the world.

Their team have been working over recent months on a piece of research on creativity and youth social action. The insights from the work debunk the persistently negative media stereotypes of young people, and reveal the extent to which many of them are highly motivated to give their time and creative energy to voluntary social action, giving back to their communities, and playing a role in making positive change in the world around them.

As the government and youth agencies work towards increasing the numbers of young people participating in voluntary activity, the report argues that not all social action is equal, and sets out a number of criteria for designing opportunities that will deliver maximum benefit and impact, including emphasising the value of young people themselves being involved in identifying the challenges they want to work on, and shaping the programmes for change.

The report has a particular focus on highlighting the need for access to high quality social action to be made more available to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The researchers argue that they want to see more of them engage in the kinds of action that deliver “double benefit” – to both the communities being served and to the young people themselves, ensuring they gain valuable skills and opportunities for personal development that they might lack in other parts of their lives.

Download here:

Take part in a survey: As part of the Mayor’s vision to enable Londoners to play a more active role in their communities, #iwill partner Team London are busy working on a new volunteering website for you! To do this, they are exploring ways to make your search for the perfect volunteering opportunity easier and would love to have your help.

-The online exercise takes 15 minutes to complete.

-Your response will help Tema London to better understand how you look for volunteering opportunities.

-To take part and help make volunteering easier, click here to start the exercise.

-This exercise will be live until Sunday 23 September 2018

Take part: NCS is ambitious for the future and is now looking for more great organisations to help deliver for young people. From September 2018 local organisations across the country including youth groups, sport clubs, schools, local authorities and other interested groups who could help deliver youth services – will be able to bid to become part of the NCS Trust network. These contracts will open up over £100 million to the winning parties.

Successful bidders will be delivering real, tangible change in their communities through the funding available to deliver this life changing programme for young people.

Detailed information regarding the procurement is available here: Bravo. As is customary, all plans are subject to final government approval.

Exhibition: Spirited tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centering on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action.

This youth-focused exhibition features items from the collections of the BBC, BFI, British Library, Women’s Library and more.

Alongside the exhibition there is a timetable of speaker events featuring Helen Pankhurst, Nimco Ali and other contemporary feminist campaigners who will talk about their work fighting for women’s equality.

Events are free and will take place between 19th of October – 2nd of November. Some of these events are suitable for school groups. For more information visit:

Research: Younger donors ‘giving the most to charity’ in the UK. The report called The Next Generation of UK Giving published by Blackbaud, said that over 11 million millennial donors (those born between 1981 and 1995) gave £2.7bn to over 5,000 different charities in 2017. Read more:

Youth Voice: The annual ‘Make Your Mark’ poll, for anyone aged 11-18 in the UK, is open until 10th October and will prioritise the UK Youth Parliaments campaigns to be debated in the House of Commons this November. Will it be mental health? Period poverty? Homelessness? Last year nearly 1m voted through local schools, clubs or online. More info here:

#iwill supporter James Cathcart has written a summary of the 10 contending campaigns here:

If you’re running a local campaign on the vote, on an issue, or debating in the House of Commons, please share with us!