For the good of the community
Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and, importantly, not for profit. The objective of this project is to bring about social change that will benefit an individual, a community or wider society. We, as an organisation, want to give young people an opportunity to connect and make a positive contribution to their community, have a voice, feel valued and listened to, increase resilience, increase confidence, increase self esteem, increase levels of youth aspiration and reduce isolation. This is particularly important in rural, less affluent areas where young people may have less opportunities to engage in their community. This may be due to a lack of resources, family structure, low income, rural isolation, cultural challenges or even prejudice.
The programme launched in April 2019 and, to date, 40 young people have already achieved over 2000 volunteering hours. They have helped to create dementia gardens, completed park clear ups, supported young children with the Summer Reading Challenge, run creative workshops for younger children, stewarded at local events, ran activities at National Play Day and organised their own fundraising events.