Walking With The Wounded has pledged to support a growing campaign that aims to make involvement in social action part of life for more 10-20 year-olds around the UK. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
Walking with the Wounded pledge to support the #iwill campaign by:
- Actively engaging the veterans we work with to become adult volunteers to support youth social action (e.g. as Scout Leaders)
- Encourage young people to engage in social action to support our veterans (such as our “Walking home for Christmas” Challenge)
- Promote the #iwill campaign and the important role of youth social action through our comms channels and with partners
Edward Parker, Co-founder and CEO, Walking With The Wounded commented: “We are delighted to be part of this ever growing campaign. We believe passionately that volunteering will empower those we are working with as well as giving young people direction and purpose. Quite simply it is a win-win.”
2015 Cabinet Office research produced compelling evidence that young people who take part in social action develop key character and employability skills. It follows on from this that involvement creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants.
“We are delighted that Walking With The Wounded has pledged to support our work. 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 Walking With The Wounded will undoubtedly help us to progress towards our goal.’
Working with business, education and voluntary sector partners, the campaign aims to ensure that all young people can access social action opportunities, whatever their background. The #iwill goal is to raise by 50% the number of 10-20 year-olds taking part in social action by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people will be active in their communities.