The #iwill campaign promotes social action activities done by 10-20 year olds across the country. This includes a range of activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering to benefit the communities around them and in turn the young people themselves.
The programme is supported by partner organisations that are taking practical steps towards creating new opportunities for young people to get involved in social action. These partners pledge their support to the campaign and through the work they do promote the ethos of youth social action into their work. Flying Futures has been an activity member in the #iwill campaign for a number of years and we continue to pledge our support year in year out.
One of the main aims of the campaign is to enable 60% of all 10-20 year-olds to take part in meaningful social action by the year 2020. If the campaign reaches its goal it will mean an additional 1.5 million young people will be active in their communities.
Flying Futures actively believes in the benefits of social action for both young people and their communities. Social action is a fundamental element of our NCS programme and plays a vital role in developing the young people we work with. Social action also features in some of our other programme including Active Citizens and Street Games.
Our Future Communities team, headed-up by Bobby Johnson, have recently taken part in the Active Citizens programme run in partnership with the British Council. This aims to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to run effective social action activities in their local community to help create global change.
Through this training ,the team has gone into the community and worked with other the young people, passing on their skills to enable them to take a lead in running a social action project of their own during the #iwill campaign week.
Aston Richardson, another member of the Future Communties team said “Our journey of creating and displaying our social action project for the Active Citizens programme involved meeting some incredible people and learning the skills of how to plan, create and deliver a successful social action project”.
“We have recently finished our Active Citizens training and we decided that we wanted to do a social action project that would bring the community of Stainforth together. to be precise, we wanted them to participate in our Zorb Football Tournament held at the Stainforth Youth Club. We teamed up with the mobile EPIC team who specialise in working with youth to reduce anti-social behaviour in various communities. The main aim of the social action project was to bring our learning difficulties and disabilities participants and the EPIC participants together to encourage each other to participate in sport and bond with residents in the community”.
“The social action project was a success , with both our group and EPIC group coming together and taking part in the tournament. As a way to benefit the participants we decided to mix the teams in order for them socialise and build relationships. We believe that the project met the participants and communities needs and will be beneficial when planning futures events and projects”.
As well as programmes in the community, Flying Futures also ran a successful social media campaign promoting the work of young people across the whole region through our social media channels.