It’s #iwillWeek! It’s time to share #YouthSocialAction stories!

The #iwill campaign promotes youth social action, particularly between the ages of 10 and 20 years olds. This includes volunteering, campaigning and fundraising , which creates a double benefit.

Last November, I became one of 50 #iwill ambassadors for 2015 and what a time it has been promoting what I love all year and taking part in so many different events. This campaign has been running for 3 years now and there are now 150 ambassadors around the UK; in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can read about all of these here.

This week is #iwillWeek and this has included organisations and individuals running events across the UK, announcing new adventures like the #iwillFund and launching the 50 new #iwill ambassadors for 2016.

Businesses and organisations have pledged to give young people the opportunity to volunteer with them and promote the work of the #iwill campaign and you can find more about them here.

They include:

  • Scouting
  • Girlguiding
  • UK Youth Parliament (and the British Youth Council)
  • Department for Education
  • EE
  • Google
  • ITV

This is not the full list there are so many more, which are on the #iwill pledges part of the website. If you know a business or organisation who hasn’t pledged yet, I urge you to contact them and ask them to pledge, allowing more young people to get involved before their 20th birthday, and hopefully having a life long commitment in volunteering, for the benefit for themselves and others in their areas.

In addition to this, the #iwill Fund has been launched, which brings £50 million of seed funding from the Government and the Big Lottery Fund to create a central investment pot. It is a new national independent fund supporting Step Up to Serve’s #iwill campaign to increase by 50% the number of young people participating in meaningful youth social action by 2020. Step Up To Serve will be represented on a fund Leadership Board but will not directly administer or distribute the funds. This will be done by Big Lottery Fund and by match-funders. There are 3 match funders at the moment and at the moment the funding is only available in England, however #iwill campaign and its partners are looking to expand to the whole nation.

A particular campaign I have found (over the last few months) inspiring and uplifting recently has been the Don’t Bully! campaign. This is run by recently appointed #iwill ambassador Anita Dennison. You can have a look at her work and how she has helped so many young people to combat bullying for good on twitter (@Bully_Dont).

I hope this most has given you more of an insight into the work of the #iwill campaign and that you feel simply inspired to make a change in your local community, or even on a national scale. Please take this week to either start some youth social action, or continue it and make the world a better place. Thank you.

If you currently volunteer, fundraise and/or campaign, I’d love to hear from YOU, or if you’d like more information or want to ask questions, go for it, I’m always here to help! 🙂

(p.s. You can view my earlier post here)

 

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