We were approached by the Act for Change Fund to lead a co-production project which supports 32 UK organisations in youth-led social activism programmes, groups and organisations. TADC Associate Molly Scarborough is leading activities for the project.

Molly’s role is to bring together the young changemakers, activists and leaders from all 32 organisations – to meet each other, build relationships, learn from each other, share ideas and stories, as well as work together to co-produce their own showcase event in July 2021. So far, over 100 young people from the network have been engaged in activity.

The first part of the co-production project was a 4-day residency in April which offered the participants the chance to see how an online festival is run, learn the skills they need to run our their online festival, form working groups to move ideas forward and hear from inspiring people. Speakers and workshop leaders at the residency included members of Voice of Young People in Care, the Women’s Equality Party, Morning Gloryville, The Human Library, Lyrix Organix, as well as members from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairburn Foundation and the iwill Fund. Topics covered included How to connect to local leaders, Telling stories through social media, Maintaining wellbeing whilst campaigning, a Political change makers panel, Spoken Word/Poetry workshops, and many more.

The second part of the project is the planning and delivery of the online festival in July. We will update this page as more details about the online festival become available.

What is the Act for Change Fund?

Act for Change Fund is a £3.6 million partnership between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, for organisations supporting young people working for change. The Fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing. Act for Change Fund is a joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, working in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. Both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. For more information, visit www.iwill.org.uk