Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Generation Change: Coalition launched with Cabinet Office support

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Today (Tuesday 18 June 2013) sees Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society, launch Generation Change, a new coalition of specialist youth social action organisations aiming to increase the quality, quantity and impact of social action in the UK today.

Generation Change brings together a diverse group of 13 specialist youth social action organisations: The Challenge Network, Ashoka, BeatBullying, City Year, Envision, Fixers, Free The Children, Future Foundations, Student Hubs, UnLtd, UpRising, vInspired and Year Here.

The Generation Change coalition is tackling social problems ranging from educational disadvantage, bullying and community cohesion to sustainability, homelessness, and age-related isolation. The organisation supports over 100,000 young people each year to address these social issues, in over 1,000 communities and schools across the UK. Generation Change aims to:

• Increase the quality of youth social action and help organisations to demonstrate the value of their programmes;

• Share knowledge, insight and understanding of youth social action across the sector and with business, education and government;

• Provide a platform for collaboration between youth social action and other, related organisations;

• Draw attention to the youth social action agenda in the media and with policy makers

New research from group member BeatBullying suggests that the need for a joined-up approach to social action has never been greater: more than nine out of 10 (94%) of young people surveyed think there should be more volunteering opportunities for young people, and almost half (42%) of those who have taken social action would get more involved if they could move more easily between opportunities. Over half (53%) said they would get involved in more social action if opportunities were publicised more.

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society said: “While there are many excellent volunteering opportunities for young people around the country, we want more organisations to work together to offer more opportunities. That’s why I’m delighted that this is now happening under the Generation Change banner. This will give more young people the chance to build their skills and confidence through social action.”

Visit www.generationchange.org.uk for more information. Twitter: @GenChangeUK

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