Revealing more about to Step up to Serve
Being an #iwill Ambassdaor
Being an #iwill Ambassdaor
Last Month, in my last blog, I wrote about how myself and Branch-Coordinator Danny would be heading down to London on Monday 24th November for an event with Step up to Serve. I am pleased to now be able to reveal that both Daniel and I have in fact been giving the amazing oppurtunity of being selected to be #iwill ambassadors for Step up to Serve and will representing Winterton & District Branch on this day.
For those who haven't read my last blog Step up to Serve is a charity which is aiming to double the number of volunteers aged 10-20 between 2014 and 2020. The #iwill campaign was launched in November 2013 thanks to the leadership of HRH The Prince of Wales and the three main political parties.The campaign’s collective goal, like I have mentioned, is to double the number of 10-20 year olds taking part in meaningful social action (such as volunteering, fundraising or campaigning) by 2020 with over 80 organisations from across sectors already working towards this goal.
"There are 8.4 million young people in the UK. Currently only 29% are engaged in youth social action.
Many more young people want to be involved. Our goal is to increase the number of quality, meaningful opportunities
for young people to participate." - Step up to Serve.
As 2 of 50 people, selected to be #iwill ambassadors our role as 'indiviuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to social action' is to share our stories and journies and try and influence and inspire more young people to get involved in fundraisng, volunteerting, mentoring - the list of social action possibilities goes on.
On the day itself, we are attending an event at the O2 Indigo to celebrate the first anniversary of this #iwill campaign, beforehand we are recieving lunch on a boat on the River Thames. The event itself will include around 300 leaders from business, education, voluntary and faith sectors along with all the #iwill Ambassadors. It's a chance to share our stories and hear the stories of others and unite to to try and reach Step up to Serves goal.
As part of the campaign both myself and Daniel have created pledges to show our support:
Danny's #iwill pledge: “#iwill encourage more young people to volunteer in our community through the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research”
My #iwill pledge: “#iwill not stop fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research until we see a cure for blood cancers, I also pledge to always support Anti-bullying charities who support those who are targeted by bullies.
During the process I was asked for a quote about what social action means to me, at first I found this hard to describe and then I thought about it simply - for me fundraising and volunteering are the catalysts for change, they have opened a whole new world to me where I can help make a difference and help change things for the better but it has also made me see things in a different perspective and these experiences have made me the person I am today. I cannot imagine who I would be without the things I have experienced.
On a final note I pledge to write more frequent blogs about Winterton & District Branch and our journey, as I would like to think blogs like this would inspire more people to take part in various types of social action. I would like to say a massive thankyou to Danny and every member of our fundraising team because we wouldn't be where we are today without the work each and every person puts in and the organisation, management and hard-work from Danny.
Find out more about all 50 of the fantastic #Iwill Ambassadors at http://www.iwill.org.uk/iwill-ambassadors/