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Youth Social Action

The Consortium Trust is proud to support Youth Social Action, encouraging our pupils to become active social volunteers and ambassadors within their communities, through #iWill Campaign and other community YSA schemes.

YSA is practical action in the service of others to create positive change.  It provides an important mechanism for young people to develop and express their character while benefiting others.  It incorporates a range of activities - including volunteering for a charity, caring for someone in their community, providing peer support online, and campaigning of fundraising for a specific cause - and can take place in both a formal or informal setting.

YSA should be challenging, youth-led (although often adult facilitated), socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.  YSA, therefore, should be celebrated for its transformational possibilities - both for young people and their communities - and should be acknowledged as a right of every young person.

#iWill campaign

At The Consortium Trust 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

yoxford & peasenhall develops links with local care home

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 

glebeland primary develops links with clinks care farm

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 The Consortium Trust, 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.

Please visit Clinks Care Farm Website here