Well, what a task the Youth Advisory Board has on its hands!
As we all know, money makes the world go round. vinspired is an independent charity that needs money to ensure its many successful projects continue to support young people all over the country.
It does seem like a huge challenge – but as Winston Churchill once said: “out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge”. And just what has emerged as one of the solutions for vinspired? Good old fashioned community fundraising, led by none other than the Youth Advisory Board!
I’ve been working alongside vinspired’s Commercial Relations team as we explore community fundraising for the first time. And there have been many, many positive outcomes, culminating in a community fundraising strategy.
Community fundraising is going to be of vital importance to us for a number of reasons. Firstly, spreading the word about all the amazing things the charity does for young people is going to have an impact on the amount of people hearing about vinspired, which will hopefully mean increased donations and number of 14-25s accessing volunteering opportunities through our website.
Secondly, community fundraising really brings people together and offers the opportunity to connect with other individuals in your local area with similar interests and values – it’s called COMMUNITY fundraising for a reason! One of the best things about raising money is that you realise just how many people believe in supporting a good cause and want to get involved to help you. It restores your faith in people, in a way.
And finally, local fundraising brings about a real sense of accomplishment and being valued by the community. To have been faced with a problem and worked together to overcome it and see a real tangible result – it really does fill you with a sense of pride and spur you on to do other great things.
So this is the work that everyone in the Youth Advisory Board is hoping will help vinspired continue to carry out its amazing work with young people. Watch this space for more details on our project!
Positive for Youth was exciting; an event for about 150 young people to be heard and try to rectify the Department for Education’s slightly less than perfect draft Positive for Youth statement. One word was thrown around a lot on the day…publicity!
The power the media has to shape the way society thinks is immense. It was unanimously decided that young people need to be publicised more positively to be able to shake off all the negative stereotypes that follow us more closely than our shadows.
It’s not that there is no official recognition of young people’s great efforts and contributions – I must admit I felt proud when others at the event commended v’s efforts to promote young people’s achievements – rather that this recognition is not present in mainstream media.
Discussions revealed the simplicity of the solution, but how difficult it may be to get there…we have to infiltrate national newspapers and radio stations to promote our successes in order to reconstruct positive perceptions of young people in the eyes of the masses.