Last week the Foundation launched its #iwill Take Action Fund as part of the national #iwill campaign. The new fund aims to support the ambition of developing in young people a lifetime commitment to social action. To increase the number of opportunities for young people to volunteer and fundraise for, or campaign on, issues that are important to them, with a commitment to reducing the social and financial barriers that stop some young people from taking part in social action.
In launching the programme we announced five partnership awards with charities from across the North East. These charities will work with young people aged 11 to 20 in schools, in the wider community and alongside colleagues from Virgin Money. The young people will be supported through a range of activities, to embed a culture of social action; engaging positively with their community and seeking to effect positive social change.
Our #iwill Take Action partners are:
Creating Change will embed social action in three Gateshead secondary schools, working with young people on projects exploring cultural identity, young people’s voice and their rights and community identity.
Groundwork will work with young people mainly aged 11-15. They will create opportunities for young people to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve green spaces and educate their community on the environment, promoting behaviour change.
Working across Teesside in some of the most deprived communities in our region, the Foundation will work with young people on a project focus upon health and well-being. Young people will be recruited as Ambassadors who will support other young people coming through the programme.
The Key will work with young people across the North East to develop over 200 social action projects. They will recruit Key Alumni to raise awareness of the #iwill campaign and support young people taking part for the first time.
The You + Us programme will deliver 50 local challenges in 50 local communities working with young people across the North East delivering a response to local issues working in inter-generational teams. Youth Focus North East will also lead on the Virgin Money Foundation’s #iwill fund youth advisory panel.
Look out for more information and opportunities for young people you know to get involved with each of our #iwill partners in the coming months.
The #iwill campaign aims to ensure that 60% of 10 to 20 year-olds across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020. The #iwill fund is an integral part of this work. The National Lottery and Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Virgin Money Foundation is acting as a match funder, awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.