Campaign will encourage children to make 'small changes'

TimeBank has linked up with campaign group We Are What We Do to target young volunteers.

The organisations plan to train 200 sixth-formers from London and the north west of England to go into local primary schools over the summer and spread We Are What We Do’s core message – that small actions in large numbers produce big changes.

Lessons in the programme will be based on We Are What We Do’s book Change The World For Children, a follow-up to its adult volume Change The World For A Fiver.

“Over the past four years, we have found that one of the most effective ways of engaging people is simply to talk to them about the things they can do to make a difference,” said Eugenie Harvey, co-founder of We Are What We Do.

The Young Speakers programme is funded by the Aldridge Foundation with match funding from v, the youth volunteering charity. There are plans to extend the initiative to other areas of the country in 2009 and beyond.

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