Be part of Action for Change
Learn the skills and get the support you need to take action on the things you care about. Closes 21 July.
Is there something in your local area that you want to change? Not sure where to begin? If you're a member aged 14 to 25, join Action for Change and we’ll give you the skills to lead your own social action project.
Whether it’s organising a community event, starting a petition to your head teacher to make a change at school, tackling discrimination and inequality you see around you, or something else that helps your community, Action for Change will help you take the next step to making it happen.
We'll be there to support you throughout, so that you can change the things you care about in your own unique way.
What will I do?
Action for change begins with a weekend get together – our inspiration weekend. You'll meet 35 other young members and your own coach, who's there to support you. Together, you'll come up with and share ideas on the changes you'd like to make and start planning your social action project. There’ll be workshops, inspiring speakers and time to talk and think.
After the weekend, you’ll be working on your project. What your project is, is up to you but it could include writing blogs, fundraising in your community, making a campaign video, creative design or organising an event. Action for Change is also a way to be part of Future Girl, as you can choose to focus your project on one of the Future Girl topics.
You can find out more in the Action for change project description.
What will I gain?
At the end you’ll be able to say you’ve developed and led your own project to create change. You’ll also gain loads of new practical skills – things like:
- Campaigning – how to make change in your area
- Project planning – how to set up and run a project
- Persuasive communications – how to inspire people to help you create change
- How to create and tell a story
- Using social media for change
And you’ll get help to package it all up to look fantastic on your CV, and get a badge at the end, of course!
You’ll also play a key role in shaping our national advocacy and campaigns to make girls’ lives better.
The support we offer
You’re not alone. You’ll get individual support and monthly coaching sessions from a network coach who can help you develop your plan, solve problems and make your project happen. This could be via phone, email, online sessions and possibly face to face. The Action for Change project staff are also here to answer your questions and support you along the way.
There are also ways for you to stay in touch with other members on Action for Change, including online masterclasses, drop-in sessions, a closed Facebook group and local action groups.
You’ll have a toolkit and an online folder, packed with tips and templates to help you too.
Your commitment and responsibilities
The inspiration weekend
You need to be free to join one of the inspiration weekends. There are two taking place and you'll be asked in the application which one you'd prefer. We'll try our best to give you your preference although this isn't guaranteed. The two dates are:
- Friday 25 - Sunday 27 October, YHA York, Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6LP
- Friday 8 - Sunday 10 November, Girlguiding Foxlease, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7DE
You need to join us anytime after 6pm on the Friday evening and stay until Sunday afternoon.
The weekend is free and we'll pay for your travel, accommodation and food. You, or a family member, will be asked to pay £10 before the weekend. You'll get this back after you've been to the weekend. If you don’t turn up to the weekend, we can’t give you the money back.
Over the nine months of the project
As well as attending an inspiration weekend you'll need to:
- Be able to work on your project for nine months after the inspiration weekend
- Be happy to regularly communicate with your network coach and to take part in planned phone or email discussions
- Share the plan for your project and let us know what you achieve
Who can apply?
You don’t need to have done anything like this before and it’s okay if you know you'd like to do something but aren't sure where to start.
So if you're:
- Motivated about making a change in your area
- Wanting to learn new things
- Aged 14-25 and a young member or Girlguiding volunteer
Then we want to hear from you!
We value diversity, promote equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from young women who have a disability, and/or who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.
How do I apply?
By filling in our quick online form by Sunday 21 July. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful by the end of August. If you have any questions get in touch at [email protected].
If we get a particularly high number of applications we might contact you to find out more about why you want to be part of the project.
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