This National Volunteers Week, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is backing the #iwill campaign, which aims to celebrate the role that young people can play and the difference that taking part in social action makes to themselves and others.

The #iwill campaign has been created by youth organisation Step Up To Serve to give more young people gets the opportunity to be involved and feel the benefits of taking part. Over 700 organisations, including Dame Kelly Holmes Trust have pledged #iwill, to show what they will do to encourage and enable more young people across the UK to take part in social action.

Young people across the UK are doing inspirational things in their communities every day to help others, through social action activities such as campaigning, fundraising, or volunteering their time.

As part of National Volunteer’s Week 2017, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is celebrating its #iwillpledge to increase opportunities for young people to make a difference. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and within the charity there are opportunities for social action through its young people programmes and volunteering offer. As a part of the campaign Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s #iwill pledge is to:

  • Enable 11,460 young people facing disadvantage to positively experience youth led social action, through its transformational programmes in 2017/18, while following the Six Principles of quality youth social action.

  • Continue to measure, research and share our learning in supporting young people to become agents for social change within their communities, through athlete-led mentoring.  

  • Work with experts, including the Step up to Serve team, in order to share impact and best practice across the sector.  

Chief Executive of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Emma Atkins, said: “We are delighted to be backing the #iwill campaign and getting onboard with all of the activity, as it aligns with our core values and goal toempower young people to become vehicles for social change within their communities..

“We recognise young people can contribute wider to the world around them once they’re empowered and are given the right opportunities to engage.  We pride ourselves on weaving social action into our transformational programmes, resulting in 78% of participants on our flagship Get on Track programme feeling more connected to their communities last year. We pledge to continue working towards engaging even more young people in social actions projects.”

   

This National Volunteers Week, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is backing the #iwill campaign, which aims to celebrate the role that young people can play and the difference that taking part in social action makes to themselves and others.

Working with business, education and voluntary sector partners, the #iwill campaign aims to ensure that all young people can access social action opportunities, whatever their background. The recent Youth Social Action survey found current levels of participation by 10-20 year-olds stand at 42%. The #iwill goal is to raise this to 60% by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people are active in their communities.

  

It has been proven that involvement in social action creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants, a further goal of the campaign is to ensure that all young people across the UK have access to opportunities.

Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign said:

“We are delighted that Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has pledged to support our work, and today is sharing their progress 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 Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will undoubtedly help us progress towards our challenging goal.”