International Day of Charity – The importance of Social Action

Today is the International Day of Charity, it has been established with the objective of “sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGO’s (non-governmental organisations), and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities”.

According to the United Nations “The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.””

More information about the International Day of Charity can be found here on the United Nations website.

You can take part in the International Day of Charity any day of the year just by volunteering or taking part in social action. If you are aged 16 – 17 you can take part in NCS, this is a great opportunity for you to meet new people, have fun and do something good at the same time. My last articles cover what a group of young people in Bridlington did as part of the ERVAS NCS programme. If you would like to sign up to NCS visit www.ncsflt.co.uk.

If you’re aged between 16 and 25, and you have a positive message that you want to use to inspire others, then you can take part in Fixers. They will help you do just that, whether it comes from your own personal experiences, or it’s just something you feel passionate about, you can use posters, leaflets, films, stage your own events, or even star in your own music video to get your message across. The best part about Fixers is that they reach every single postcode in the UK and they cover a wide range of topics. To find out more about Fixers visit www.fixers.org.uk.

There are also a range of other national organizations that you can volunteer for such as Get Connected. Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential and multi-issue helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn. They are currently looking for people to become digital connectors, you can find out more about this great opportunity on their website here: www.getconnected.org.uk/volunteer.

If you would like to find a volunteering opportunity near you, you can contact your local Volunteer Centre, they can help you to find volunteer opportunities that are right for you.

If you already volunteer why don’t you share your social action story with the #iwill campaign on twitter @iwill_campaign or make a pledge on their website www.iwill.org.uk. Or take part in #GivingTuesday (the first Tuesday of December every year) www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

Check out this video by me, that shows why you should volunteer, it is also available on the Devan Group website www.devangroup.co.uk.

Just say YES! – Part 1

The NCS Team 2 Reporters (From left to right, Me, Sian, Skye and Kate)

The NCS Team 2 Reporters (From left to right, Me, Sian, Skye and Kate)

So if you have been following my social media you will know that I have been volunteering with the Volunteen NCS – National Citizen Service programme. Over the next couple of days I will be following the work of Team 2.

This will be a series of blogs looking at Team 2’s social action project that is taking place at a daycare centre in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

If you like what you see in this series, and you are aged 16-17 you can sign up to take part in NCS at www.ncsflt.co.uk.

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NCS Volunteen Workshops

On Thursday & Friday this week I was asked to deliver workshops about bullying & social action as part of the Volunteen NCS programme.

The task I set was for each team to work together to create an anti-bullying advert that can be used to show more young people bullying, and the reasons for someone bullying.

Those who took part in the workshops were really creative and they came up with these adverts.

The adverts can all be seen on my YouTube channel and here:

If you would like to join NCS next time you can find out more about the programme and how to sign up here: ncsflt.co.uk.

#OurFuture

Why young people are #OurFuture

Us young people tend to get a lot of bad press yet we are the people who are creating the future – we are also the creators of our own futures. Many young people use the power of social action to change and influence the way we are seen in the press, by changing negative situations into positives.

One way the UK government are planning on creating more opportunities for young people is by working with Step Up To Serve, to encourage more social action. They are also supporting the NCS campaign which helps 16 to 17 year olds take part in social action projects.

Young people have real stories to tell and these help us to spread and create positive change. I am one of these young people. I am continually using my experience of being bullied to encourage more young people to speak out and find help.

One of the ways in which I was able to do this was with the help from Fixers. They are an amazing charity who have helped me to set up my own website, Advice For Teachers which is designed to help tackle bullying.

NCS have created a new campaign called #OurFuture which is not only designed to meet their #iwill campaign commitment;

“but to help combat the negative stereotypes of young people and boost knowledge of and participation in youth social action across the board.”

I am asking you to help change the negatives about young people into positives by taking part in social action and saying #iwill.

If you are interested in social action and want to find out how you can get involved head over to iwill.org.uk.

One thing to remember is that: young people have a huge power to change the world.

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