Action for Change
Take action your own way
Action for Change is all about giving you the skills and know-how to take action on the issues you really care about.
We’re creating the UK’s largest girl-led advocacy network, through a series of exciting inspiration weekends and ongoing support from our amazing Action for Change Network Coordinators. Each Country and Region is taking part – and hundreds of girls are already on board.
If you’re a young member and want to make your mark through social action, this opportunity is for you – and you don’t need any experience to get started.
In 2018 we're rolling out Action for Change in Wales, Ulster, Anglia and South West. Action for Change recruitment has already happened in the Midlands, North West England, North East England, London and the South East (LaSER) and Scotland.
Ulster, Wales and British Guiding Overseas
Applications for Ulster and Wales open on the 5 March - you can apply now through Girlguiding Cymru and Girlguiding Ulster. Applications for members aged 14-25 are open until Monday 14 May in both Ulster and Wales. Applications for volunteers aged 18+ to be Network Coordinators are open until Monday 9 April in both regions.
We also have places available for members aged 14-25 from British Guiding Overseas and Branches Associations to join the programme and attend inspiration weekends in Ulster or Wales. Please complete an application form through either the Girlguiding Wales or Ulster website depending on which weekend you’d like to attend. The inspiration weekends take place this summer.
Anglia and South West
What you'll do
By joining Action for Change, you'll be part of an incredible year-long journey to run your very own social action project – gathering the skills, knowledge and confidence you need along the way.
A fantastic kick-off weekend
Your year will start with an inspirational residential weekend, with workshops on everything from video production to public speaking and engaging decision-makers. You'll hear talks from motivational speakers – who've previously included campaigner Yas Necati and Laura Bates! – and they'll be some fun down-time activities too (our North East participants were treated to a chocolate workshop!).
Even if you're not sure what issue you want to tackle, this weekend will upskill and inspire you, and give you a chance to meet the girls who'll also be joining your local network.
A network of amazing girls
After the weekend, you'll join your local network and get ongoing support from a skilled Network Coordinator to develop your plan. Online, you'll stay in touch with the friends you make, sharing ideas and working together on projects.
Plus, Girlguiding will send you a new resource each month to help your project grow –plus news and advice on making Action for Change stand out on your CV. Once you've completed your year, you'll get an exclusive badge to show how much you've achieved.
Three girls who are part of our network share what issues they want to tackle and why.
Collaborating with schools to make history more inclusive
When I stumbled across LGBT History Month online, it was amazing to see the wealth of information I’d never studied. So many inspiring people have paved the way and allowed me to live as fully as I do now, so it’s really important to continue telling their stories.
Campaigning to get more girls into engineering
I want to get more girls involved in engineering, and change the fact that some local councils decide not to run the course because of lack of funding and teachers. I plan to gather research from girls around the UK and present these statistics to councils, MSP/MPs and education systems to make change.
Working to make our transport more accessible
I am passionate about supporting people with invisible illnesses and disabilities. Many people with invisible illnesses find it hard to access the priority seats without being judged when asking for a seat. I am working with another member to campaign for transport companies to change their priority seat stickers to be more representative.