Thursday 09-06-2016 - 11:37
As part of National Volunteer’s Week, NUS is celebrating their pledges to the #iwill campaign to increase opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities through campaigning, fundraising or volunteering.
We’ve pledged #iwill to support this growing movement to make youth social action a 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 within students’ unions social action opportunities include volunteering, RAG and student fundraising, running sports clubs and volunteering in societies.
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 stands at around 40 per cent, the #iwill goal is to raise this to 60 per cent by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people are active in their communities.
NUS made a number of pledges to the #iwill campaign which we’ve now achieved. These were to:
Following on from the Barriers report produced with Universities UK, NUS, UUK, Student Hubs, and the Charities Aid Foundation organised a meeting of University Vice-Chancellors and other significant organisations to share ideas for how we can all work together to reduce and remove barriers, and to further increase numbers of students participating in youth social action. A report of that event can be found here.
There’s also been some fantastic work on this from NUS Wales, some of which is explained here in a blog from Ebbi Ferguson, Deputy President of NUS Wales.
Richard Brooks, Vice President for Union Development at NUS, is a member of the Advisory Council for the #iwill campaign, and is leading NUS’ work in this area. He is passionate about the social action that takes place with and through students’ unions, and has prioritised Student Opportunities for the year ahead. This includes knowing more about and being able to articulate the impact of Student Opportunities, creating a development programme for student leaders, and working on our support for staff in students’ unions.
NUS are proud to share our progress on our #iwillPledge today, and look forward to working with the #iwill campaign and campaign partners in the future.