Act4Change - Social Action

What if more children and young people could lead and inspire innovation in their communities?

Working in partnership with local community groups, Act4Change is an approach to social action that puts the world-view of children and young people at its heart, looking at how we can collectively address the needs and issues as seen from their perspective. Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Children in Need, it has so far supported 16 projects to work with 261 young people (aged 16-24) and 41 key partners within communities across the East Midlands.

Supporting young people to identify ways of engaging members of their local community, we help them to use their natural creativity to explore opportunities to impact positively on localities. They design, lead and deliver action that help to not only address community needs they identify, but develop great transferable skills that support their progression into employment, education or enterprise.

Our signature process of creative collaborative action sits at the heart of children’s and young people’s communities. With Act4Change, this process involves collaborating with community organisations to develop groups of young people able to lead successful and impactful social action projects which have creativity at their heart. These projects confront social issues identified by young people and not only create long lasting social change in their communities, but also support the development of creativity and leadership in the young people involved in them.

The scope of the Act4Change projects we have already supported is vast, with examples including: addressing local gang violence by creating an EP of music raising awareness of the issue and engaging the community with this music at key events; regeneration of a notoriously dangerous footpath area coupled with a creative safety festival for the community; and filming and producing an aspiration-raising documentary about community role-models and working with local schools to give their young people access to it.

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