I hope you had a relaxing Easter weekend. With a General Election now called for June 8th, we want to work with you to ensure the continued cross-party support for youth social action, building on inclusion in the previous General Election's manifestos. If you want to join our lobbying efforts please get in touch with me. The election falls on the last day of NCVO's National Volunteer's Week, during which, on the 7th June, we will be celebrating young volunteers, all forms of youth social action, and asking all our pledging organisations to share their #iwillPledge with pride! Watch your inboxes soon for a handy comms pack and more information.
With the campaign reaching its halfway point this year, it's an exciting time to be a part of this movement as we work to embed youth social action across society in employment, education, voluntary and health & social care settings. We have some exciting opportunities to join the team at Step Up To Serve to work across those strands due to maternity leave, a secondment out and contracts ending - so take a look <here> and do get in touch if you would like any more information – and please share with your networks! We are happy to consider secondments for these roles, so do consider anyone within your organisation who might like an exciting development
The latest round of match funding as part of the #iwillFund is currently open with Comic Relief <here> and Sport England <here>. Both are seeking applications for funding to support more youth social action, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Looking ahead, we're excited for the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues upcoming MOOC exploring the link between character and social action. It's free to get involved, and see below for more information or watch <this video>
Many thanks for your continued support for the campaign, and for youth social action.
Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve