Space is joining over 700 organisations saying #iwill for young people in National Volunteer’s Week

7th June 2017 Young people across the UK as young as 10 are doing inspirational things in their communities every day to help others, through social action activities such as campaigning, fundraising, or volunteering their time. This National Volunteer’s Week, we want to celebrate the role that young people can play and the difference that taking part in social action makes to themselves and others.

However, not every young person gets the opportunity to be involved and feel the benefits of taking part. That’s why over 700 organisations, including Space have pledged #iwill, to show what they will do to encourage and enable more young people across the UK to take part in social action.

As part of National Volunteer’s Week, today we are celebrating our #iwillpledge to increase opportunities for young people to make a difference. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and within Space social action opportunities include Youth Panel, activity delivery, music leadership and more!

Space’s #iwill pledge is to embed our new framework for accreditation and membership to our social action board

“we are so excited to align our vision with that of the #iwill campaign, we are firm believers in youth action and offer so many opportunities to young people to grow” Lisa Rutter, Operations Manager – Space

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 stand at 42%. The #iwill goal is to raise this to 60% by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people are active in their communities. However, as involvement in social action creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants, a further goal of the campaign is to ensure that all young people across the UK have access to opportunities.

Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign says: “We are delighted that Space has pledged to support our work, and today is sharing their progress to inspire others to take part also. If we are to make involvement in social action the norm for 10-20 year-olds we need partners to commit to tangible actions just as they are doing. The involvement of Space will undoubtedly help us progress towards our challenging goal.’