Posts Tagged ‘social action projects’
By vEsme 2nd August 12
vInspired Cashpoint is offering funding – up to £500 – to young people who want to set up a local project to help their community.
To give a little inspiration, we’ve decided to share our 5 favourite ideas so far, each with an example of a specific project that we would gladly fund.
In fact, some of the below are already up and running with our funding – so we’re actually revealing some secret formulas of what makes a successful Cashpoint application!
So if you’re 14-25 years-old and have an idea of your own, what are you waiting for?
How to get funding to help young people….
Project idea: run child literacy workshops
Make reading easier and more fun for children by holding weekend reading sessions. Develop fun activities like acting out scenes, re-imagining endings and getting children to write their own stories to spark their interest. You could identify children who might benefit through local schools by liasing with teachers.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Notebooks, coloured pens, pencils, session refreshments, CRB checks and volunteers’ expenses.
How to get funding to improve inter-generational relationships…
Project idea: run coffee mornings for elderly and isolated people
Rent out the local community centre once a week and hold a coffee morning with games like dominoes and bingo and home baking. Your young volunteers and the elderly would get a chance to interact and get to know the other generation a bit better, and they could swap skills, games and memories.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Minibus hire, ingredients for cake baking, refreshments costs, dominoes and bingo set, and venue hire costs.
Project idea: turn some unused public land into a community garden
You could get local people involved, advertise for volunteers at community centres and youth clubs, and ask your local councillor to come to an opening ceremony.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Basic gardening equipment, seeds and plants, publicity materials, refreshments for the ceremony, travel costs to remove waste and volunteer expenses.
How to get funding to increase sports participation….
Project idea: run Olympics-inspired track and field try outs
Inspired by the Olympics? Get people in your local area to try out some of the sports they may not have thought of before You could hold some practise sessions and a mini tournament. Talk to your local sports centre and see if any of their staff would like to help you out, or whether they could loan you the venue or some equipment for free.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Publicity materials, equipment hire, medals, venue bookings and energy drinks.
How to get funding to inspire your community through the arts…
Project idea: run free sculpture and craft classes
If you’re good at art and feel you could share your skills, why not run workshops for the people in your community and then hold an exhibition of everyone’s work? The pieces could then be donated to local charities.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Your budget could include basic craft materials, flyers, table and chair hire for the exhibition, refreshments and CRB costs if you’re working with children.
By vSarah 10th July 12
Our online platform, Junction49, supports young people to set up their own social action projects, tackling the issues that matter to them.
These range from tackling youth unemployment to addressing gun and knife crime – but one of the most common recent themes for projects ismental health.
Some projects can be difficult reading, with young people talking about their own personal experiences of diagnosable mental illnesses.
But it certainly makes me want to take action. In fact, I’ve recently signed up to be a mentor on a youth mental health project as a result.
What fills me with hope is that these young people are openly talking about their experiences and coming up with fantastic ideas to actively do something to change attitudes and services. Surely this can only lead to the stigma surrounding mental health starting to be eradicated?
Nearly everyday I see something in the news on this subject. Whether it be MPs opening up during a momentous debate in Parliament about their own difficulties with their mental health.or a report published recently which stated that 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder (that’s 3 children in every class).
This isn’t a topic to be taken lightly and ignored. Now is the time to act and our young people on Junction49 are doing just that.
Here are some of the most inspiring projects currently running…
Mind the Gap
vInspired National Award Winner, Joanna Mayes has set-up Mind the Gap, offering support sesssions for people who have a mental health issue or know someone who has. She’s also compiling a report she conducted with 500 participants to find out what support services people want.
Fed up with being put on a long waiting list to receive support for depression, Priya decided to try “pet therapy”, adopting an abandoned rabbit from a rescue centre which helped her to recover. She’s now creating a website to ensure other young people get the similar support they need.
No Body is Perfect
Having suffered from an eating disorder and faced discrimination at school, Tierna aims to go into schools in her local area and raise awareness about mental health issues to ensure no one else has to go through what she experienced. Tierna says: “My inspiration comes from my own personal experiences of feeling lost in the system and confused by conflicting info from people trying to help me.”
The Mental Health Education Project
The Mental Health Education Project was set up in 2007. It’s a multi-dimensional education and campaign project, which aims to raise awareness of Mental Health, teach young people ways of dealing with stress and other Mental Health issues. They make lesson plans, learning resources, awareness videos and drama sketches suitable for all ages and abilities.
If you’d like to get involved in any of the above ideas, or would like to set up your own project, head to Junction49 for support, ideas and inspiration.
For further mental health resources and support:
By vJoe 14th June 12
Recently we asked vInspired staff:
“If you could choose one social action project to set up to make the world a better place, what would it be?”
Here’s part two of their answers (part one here). Feel free to add your own in the comments section below!
Improving access to education
I feel really strongly about giving girls and young women equal access to education and employment. Often in developing countries, poorer families can’t afford to send all of their children to school. More often than not it is young males who are chosen to go to school, over their sisters. I would love to set up a project using online technology such as Skype, so that girls in rural areas of developing countries can receive the same educational opportunities as their brothers, and so go on to live financially independent lives.
Sharing neighbourly love
I’d set up a project that would get neighbours speaking to each other like a neighbourhood swap day where neighbours could swap their unwanted items with each other. Growing up in London I knew most of the people that lived down my street but that seems to be increasingly rare.
A reverse inter-generational project
I was thinking of a reverse inter-generational project, whereby the older generations teach young people skills that have been forgotten along the way. My mum was a massive baker and taught me how to cook and bake cakes and even though she is an excellent seamstress, she never once showed me how to sew. So an environment where the older generation can teach the younger generation how uses these skills would be ideal!
Community eating project
Fay, Marketing Intern
I would set up a community eating project. I hate the idea of eating dinner alone, but know that this is the reality for dozens of people in my community. For a small contribution group meals could be held weekly at schools, in people gardens, church halls and community centres – the money made could be used to feed the less fortunate. This would also be a great opportunity for the coming together of people of all ages and a chance to create a tighter bond within a community.
Tackling food waste
I’d tackle wasteful food issues…Setting up “BOGOF” teams at every supermarket for people who buy ‘buy one get one frees’, and then know they can hand them over after they’ve bought them. I’d also organise weekly visits to people’s homes to see if there is stuff in people’s fridges/houses that they aren’t going to eat/going to throw away, and work out how to redistribute to those who need it most.
Feeling inspired? We’re handing out grants of up to £500 to 14-25 year-olds to set up their own community projects with vInspired Cashpoint.
Alternatively, why not check out Junction49, where young people share and develop ideas to set up their own projects?
By vJoe 18th April 12
With the re-opening of vInspired Cashpoint now in full swing, staff here at vInspired towers have been full of inspiration and ideas for social action projects to change the world!
So earlier this week, I decided to ask each of our lovely vInspired team to answer the following question:
“If you could choose one social action project to set up, unrestricted by time or resources, to make the world a better place, what would it be?”
The first of two instalments of our answers have been shared below! Let us know which is your favourite – and feel free to add your own to the list in the comments section!
Kate, Projects Assistant
I’d set up a project facilitating young people to grow vegetables and plants and set up their own pop up stalls and shops in their local communities to sell their produce for a profit. I think cultivating your own produce, spending time outside and owning your own enterprise is really rewarding.
Leigh, CEO Office Intern
I’d organise a local community based fashion show with a twist: trends from well-known fashion labels which continue to exploit ‘slave labour’ will be paraded down the catwalk while narrators (replacing the predictable sales pitch) reveal the name of, and shocking facts about, the wages and working conditions of those who make the products. It would act as an awareness raising tool to educate people about the often hidden abuses behind some of our everyday fashion favourites.
Ffion, Young Leader Programme Coordinator
I would organise huge monthly parties for refugees and asylum seekers. I would convince glamorous and high profile venues to donate their space and enrol the support of DJs, caterers, theatre and dance companies to have a night of fabulousness and glamour. I believe that refugees and asylum seekers are unfairly discriminated against and given bad press without much justification. Everyone loves a boogie!
Cem, Digital Intern
My Idea is inspired by a vInspired Facebook post I recently saw. People always say that when they’re out and about they can never find a bin, which causes litter. So to highlight the problem I would get people to get creative with drawing attention to local bins. I’d create a Pinterest account and create a group called Binterest and encourage people to post a pic of their work and also geotag it!
Danielle, Special Projects Manager
My project to change the world would involve creating more community gardens in which people could grow their own fresh food. I like this idea because it brings people together, gives people access to healthy food for next to nothing, reduces transport emissions, and in the long run could help the global food crisis by encouraging people to eat local.
Got any more of your own ideas to add? Leave a comment below!
By vJoe 17th April 12
Vinspired Cashpoint has officially opened for business once again, giving young people the opportunity to bring those ideas to life.
We’re offering grants of up to £500 to enable you to change your community for the better.
What’s Cashpoint all about?
Ever wished you could make a positive difference to an issue that affects your community, but not sure how to do it? Cashpoint can make it happen.
If your idea is chosen, we’ll give you the support to get things off the ground. But the best thing about Cashpoint is that you’re in charge.
You’ll have total control over your chosen project and can bring about the positive change in your community just the way you imagined it.
What kind of projects could I run?
As long as your idea is for the benefit of helping others – we’ll consider it! The possibilities are endless…
In 2010 Bashir, 21, from Newham, received funding through Cashpoint to assist with Engage and Raise, his idea for a youth led project which aims to support young people who are not in full time education or employment (NEETS).
His project armed young people with the tools and advice to find their way into work schemes, education or paid employment.
Bashir said: “Seeing the change in people is the best feeling. Hopelessness turning into hope makes it all worthwhile… The thing people have to realise is that most youths, who are caught up in crime etc, really do want to change. This is what I have discovered.
“Volunteering is great, it makes me care even more about the things I already care about, such a my community, and young people being given a chance”
This is just one example of the kind of thing you could run. But we’re always open to new and interesting ideas. Over the six years that Cashpoint has been running, young people have used their creativity and passion to develop all sorts of projects, including:
• Stand-up comedy sessions to help young people build their confidence
• Cycling lessons to help give young women from Bangladeshi communities independence
• A community ‘earth ship’ to educate local people about eco-friendly living
How do I get involved?
Inspired by some of the ideas above? Want to change your community for the better?
If you’re between 14-25 years-old, you can register your interest for vInspired Cashpoint now.
Unsure about your project idea? Still have questions about how vInspired Cashpoint works?
Post your feedback and questions below and we’ll try and provide you with the answers.
By vSamantha 16th April 12
Want to be a part of the largest, and longest-running, annual day of volunteering? Free between 20 – 22 April 2012? Here’s your chance to put your social action ideas on the map!
This year, as part of Global Youth Service Day (20-22 April) we want to know all about your ideas to make the world a better place.
Global Youth Service Day is a time for young people across the world to do awesome things in their local communities, and make a positive change all over the globe.
It’s actually a whole weekend, so you’ve got plenty of time to think of ways to make something happen, and to put it into action at the same time as other young people in every time zone on the planet!
Turn your ideas into action with vInspired Cashpoint
What’s more, through our vInspired Cashpoint funding programme, you actually have the opportunity to bring these ideas for social action projects to life! Anyone between the ages of 14-25 who has an idea to solve an issue in their community – we want to help you solve it.
How? We are offering grants of up to £500 to get your project of the ground. That’s right, you come up with the ideas – we’ll give you the support to make them happen.
So what are you waiting for? Make your idea a reality on Global Youth Service Day 2012 and apply for your vInspired Cashpoint grant!
We are incredibly proud to be leading the way for GYSD in the UK in 2012, encouraging young people and organisations everywhere to get involved and do something brilliant.
Visit our GYSD pages now and apply for a vInspired Cashpoint grant.
Let’s go global!
By damien 29th February 12
I am very excited to welcome Junction49.co.uk into the vInspired family. It’s great that we have this opportunity to further develop the support we provide to young people wanting to get involved in volunteering and social action.
I have a personal stake in this as in my previous role at TimeBank I was part of the team that developed and launched junction49 back in 2007. For me it’s like being reunited with an old friend and for vInspired it’s a great fit with our mission to help young people get involved with good causes in their communities.
TimeBank originally developed junction49 with v‘s support as part of an “innovation laboratory” to try out new ideas about volunteering and develop them into successful projects, so it’s great that it now has a legacy.
TimeBank have done great things with junction49 over the years but felt that the future of junction49 and it further development sat better with vInspired, and our young people focussed objectives.
How does junction49 work?
1) You submit an idea
2) We respond to your idea, giving you advice on how to turn your idea into reality.
3) We offer you support on where to find funding and how to put together a plan.
4) You can also gain support from other young people who’ve had similar ideas.
5) Now add actions to your idea – this is just another way of describing a to do list of everything you need to do to get going. But the important thing is that once you’ve posted the actions, all other Junction49 members can see them and offer to help you out.
6) Keep everyone updated with how it’s going by adding diary entries to your idea page along with photos and videos too.
How does Junction49 fit with vInspired?
What is most exciting for me is that junction49 completes our suite of digital programmes that help young people reach their full potential. From finding volunteering opportunities on vinspired.com, through to our Team v programme activating a network of young people leading social action campaigns across England; now we can also offer Junction49, providing an online space and tailored support to help you set up your own projects, campaigns or events about issues that matter to you.
If you have an idea for a project or campaign you’d like to set up and run with the help and support of Junction49 and it’s community, or maybe you could help out on an existing project, then head on over to Junction49.co.uk. We’d love you to join us.
Damien Austin-Walker is Head of Digital at vInspired.
By VJonny 16th February 11
The National Citizen Service is a brand new Government scheme set up with the aim of giving young people (predominently 16 year olds) from around the country the opportunity to take part in summer residentials – volunteering, meeting other young people, developing skills and giving back to local communities. As part of the scheme, v are teaming up with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and Local Authority and Further Education colleges to deliver an exciting new pilot project, Summer of a Lifetime. Summer of a Lifetime is completely free to join and a fantastic opportunity to work alongside inspiring athletes, taking part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, developing skills such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership as well as getting the opportunity to deliver social action projects within the community! With opportunities all around the country why not find one near you today. Keep up to date with the latest from Summer of a Lifetime by joining the official Summer of A Lifetime Facebook page.