Social Action Inspiration - 2017!
Social action is 'Young people undertaking practical activity in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to their community as well as to the young person themselves.'
We’ve already had some brilliant social action ideas developed by our young people and we can’t wait to see them keep coming. Need some inspiration? Check out what some of our youngsters are up to!
Young Adults Support Cafe
Youngsters from Durham are setting up their own cafe to provide a safe and informal place for young people with mental health problems to come together and access peer support.
In a bid to raise awareness and stop racial and religious hatred, three youngsters from Gateshead Youth Council, launched their own poster completion across the region. The group contacted all secondary schools in Gateshead and invited their pupils to submit their own poster to help prevent racial and religious hatred. Judges made up of Gateshead Youth Assembly members and a local group of refugees and asylum seekers chose their winners and awarded prizes for top few.
The Mining Lasses
Three young ladies from Durham have been getting busy learning about the mining heritage of their local community and wanted to give something back to the mining community from years gone by. The Mining Lasses organised a community event for local ex-minors and residents to tell them all that they learned about the mining heritage and helped them to reminisce with photos from times gone by, the group wowed the crowds with themed quizzes and fun activities which brought everyone together for a fab, fun-filled night.
Four youngsters from Hartlepool Cadets wanted to bring some joy to their local elderly residents from the care home. The group decided to turn their boring empty space into a beautiful little garden by planting shrubs and flowers and installing lots of lovely garden features.
J.A.R from Sunderland decided to hit back at the recent proposed cuts to youth provision in Sunderland by looking into and producing their very own DVD to show the benefit and impact of youth work. The group will be using their DVD to send to local councillors and potential funders to raise awareness of what's happening in Sunderland.
Pickles (because we can't spell gherkins)
Three girls from Hebburn Comp are on a mission to help the special care baby unit at Sunderland Hospital by organising a whole host of fundraising activities and events that will not only raise money for the unit but also to raise awareness of the issues they face.
Young people from Keelman's Way School are on a mission to help young people from the school learn how to effectively communicate with each other and their parents and carers. The group decided to host weekly chatterbox sessions with young people before inviting parents and carers into the final session to learn how to better communicate with young people with specific needs.
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