CAF is sharing our pledges of support to #iwill, the national campaign promoting youth social action
CAF is celebrating #iwill week, marking the 2nd anniversary of the #iwill campaign for youth social action and is calling on other organisations to join them. The campaign is an independent initiative that has cross-party political support and backing from across a range of sectors, notably business, education and the voluntary sector. The campaign is coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve.
Ben Russell and Kelley Temple from CAF attended the Anniversary Event where they heard from (amongst others) HRH Prince Charles, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Education Edward Timpson MP and a message from Prime Minister David Cameron.
CAF pledged in 2014 to support this growing movement that aims to make involvement in social action part of life for more 10-20 year-olds around the UK. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
CAF’s pledges are to:
Since pledging our support to the #iwill campaign, CAF has worked with UCAS and over 20 education and youth organisations to publish guidance for young people applying to higher education about getting involved in social action.
In partnership with young trustee Leon Ward, we conducted research; the 'Young Trustees Survey', looking at young people's experiences of being a trustee and the experiences that charity trustee boards had with a young person on the board. We used the results of that research and consulted with charity governance experts to create the Young Trustees Guide. The guide is a practical tool to help young people and charities get more young people involved in trusteeship.
Our #GivingTuesday campaign was a great success in 2014 and in the run up to the second year we have more young people involved in leading campaigns for December 1st, with nearly 1500 partners signed up to do something good on #GivingTuesday in 2015.
Ahead of the 2015 General Election we did a lot of engagement work with MPs and candidates in the election and were pleased to see all 3 main parties (at the time) commit to increasing young people’s opportunities to get involved in social action.
2015 Cabinet Office research produced compelling evidence that young people who take part in social action develop key character and employability skills. It follows on from this that involvement creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants.
Charlotte Hill, CEO of the charity running the #iwill campaign says: “We are delighted that CAF has pledged to support our work, and is sharing their progress during #iwill week to inspire others to take part also. If we are to make involvement in social action the norm for 10-20 year-olds we need partners to commit to tangible actions just as they are doing. The involvement of CAF will undoubtedly help us progress towards our goal.’
Working with business, education and voluntary sector partners, the campaign aims to ensure that all young people can access social action opportunities, whatever their background. The #iwill goal is to raise by 50% the number of 10-20 year-olds taking part in social action by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people will be active in their communities.
Posted 26 November 2015