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Leaders from Leavers: Encouraging Social Action

by Sports Leaders,

Posted on the 11/11/2019

Sports Leaders launches e-training as part of the Leaders from Leavers project

At a time of significant social, economic and environmental challenge, how can we champion the role young people can play in bringing communities together to solve common challenges? (#iwill, 2019).

As it’s currently #iwill week, what better time to celebrate the launch of an eTraining module that we are offering to all our Centre staff free of charge? 

In early 2019, Sports Leaders piloted the Sport England funded, Leaders from Leavers project – which sought the voice of Looked After Children in their views of and engagement in social action. From there an online training module was developed and tested with 10 schools and colleges, to upskill staff in engaging their learners in social action. This was reviewed in the summer of 2019 and relaunched last month. 

The benefits of social action have been well established in recent times. Some of these key benefits include: 

  • Skill development in young people 
  • Developing awareness in the community
  • Developing togetherness in the community
  • Making a difference
  • Encouraging teamwork amongst peers
  • It feels good

Steph Doehler, Learning Development Manager at Sports Leaders, led on this project and said:

“The training aims to improve awareness and understanding of the barriers, motivations and benefits affecting the engagement of young people in the Care System, from participating in sport-based social action. Looked After Children are placed at the heart of this piece of work, using their voice, experience and opinions to directly influence and inform the research and outcomes of this project.”

Whilst this eTraining has a focus on a particular demographic of young people, Looked After Children, the messages are largely applicable to all young people. So if you want to get your students involved in social action, but aren’t sure where to start you can access the eTraining by clicking here.* On completion of the training, you will be able to download a free eCertificate.

The #iwill campaign launched in 2013 with the aim of bringing together organisations from across different sectors to transform the role and perception of young people in society. The main campaign strategy focuses on key priorities, such as encouraging young people to become more active in their communities and to narrow the socio-economic gap.

Sports Leaders have worked closely with #iwill and championed the fantastic impact of social action for many years. Having successfully achieved our original target, we now pledge to aim to increase the number of hours of voluntary activity leadership by young people in their communities to 5 million hours by 2020. Over the last year alone, we have facilitated over 1.1 million hours of youth volunteering and social action, as well as 2.25 million hours of learning. But don’t just take our word for it. Here is what one of our learners, Harry from Matlock, had to say:

“I achieved what I wanted to achieve as I have grown and become a lot more comfortable with my character and learned to embrace negatives and turn them into strengths of my character with reflection and hard-work.”

*Please note – if you aren’t already registered on our Moodle platform, you will need to do this before accessing the course. Access the Leaders from Leavers e-training module here.

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