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#iWill - Youth Social Action

At Consortium MAT we pledge to:

  • Inspire and empower young people to get involved in social action.
  • Promote the link between youth social action and employability.
  • Embed social action into our training and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Communicate the benefits of youth social action to our employees and encourage them to volunteer in support of it.
  • Put social action at the heart of my school, college or university.
  • Inspire, empower and reward young people to lead social action.
  • Build strong local partnerships that support youth social action.
  • Develop new, youth-friendly social action opportunities.
  • Promote and celebrate the positive role young people can play through social action.
  • Ensure young people have a voice and are represented in decision-making.

You can visit our pledge at the iWill here:  https://www.iwill.org.uk/pledge/the-consortium-multi-academy-trust-2/

iWill Ambassadors and Initiatives

Please click on the link below to see #iWill's amazing ambassadors -  150 young people aged between 10-20years old, with a passion that drives them to find time to help others - from mentoring their peers online, to coordinating charity fundraisers or enhancing their local area, every one of these #iwill ambassadors is making a difference. 

http://www.iwill.org.uk/iwill-ambassadors/

One of the schemes, a Habit of Service project, was launched on 22nd November at the Tower of London by Dame Julia Cleverdon, Co-founder of 'Step up to Serve' and Michael Lynas, CEO of National Citizen Service. Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, CMAT CEO attended the event representing the Trust as a signatory of the #iwill campaign. The project is the largest known study of its kind, and reports on evidence gathered from over 4,500 16-20 year olds, about the factors that are associated with young people who have made a habit of service. Click on the link below to view the infographic:-

http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/1581/projects/current-projects/a-habit-of-service

#iWill Pupil Pledges

Pupils at Glebeland Primary school made some amazing and wide ranging pledges during #iWill week. Well done Charlie and Molly, we love your Pledges and look forward to hearing more about your Sports Club and Book soon!

The Trust looks forward to sharing more Pupil Pledges and of the work in action over the coming weeks!

 

The importance of social connection

Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School children visited a local residential home for the elderly recently and brought a smile to everyone's faces!  The joy of the young and older generations engaging is always evident on everyone's faces and brings many benefits including:-

  • Strengthening the community;
  • Encouraging positive exchanges between the generations;
  • Understanding and embracing their similarities and differences;
  • Encouraging learning about the other group;
  • Provides an opportunity for new memories, as well as aiding reminiscence and emotional engagement;
  • Fills a void for children who do not have grandparents available to them;
  • Aides in cognitive stimulation and broaden social circles;

Clinks Care Farm - Caring about People

Clinks Care Farm was launched in May 2010 and is run by husband and wife team Doeke Dobma and Iris can Zan and supported by a dedicated team of directors, staff, volunteers and local colleague farmers.  They are a social enterprise with all profits ploughed back into the care farm and have won awards for their innovation in farming and work with disadvantaged people. Doeke describes the people working on the farm as 'farm helpers' and explains that they may have learning disabilities, mental health needs, dementia, ASD or ADHD and are often referred by colleges or by Social Care to benefit from all the working on the farm has to offer. This has therapeutic benefits and also can operate as a stepping stone and platform to the next stage of life, in terms of increased independence or a stepping stone into employment.

Glebeland Primary school work closely and collaboratively with the farm and form part of it's volunteer network. Over the years, they have been involved in planting a considerable number of trees to benefit the environment and wildlife. Pupils have regular visits to the farm throughout the season to work alongside the farm helpers on various projects, with a lambing visit planned for the Spring.

Clinks Care Farm share the same ethos of inclusion as all the schools in Consortium Multi Academy Trust do and our partnership through Youth Social Action serves to breakdown barriers between groups in our communities and supports all members to participate in life fully, with an increased understanding of each other.

The Trust is looking forward to developing our close relationship and links further in the near future.

For more information about Clinks Care Farm, please visit:  http://clinkscarefarm.org.uk/

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