Children and young people's well-being in the UK is suffering from the impacts of high entrenched inequality but their input is largely absent from policy discussions. A strategic framework for action is needed to enable their participation in shaping their future in which all can flourish
flexible start, will run over 12 months
Charity information: The Equality Trust
Over the last year we have seen an increase in the number of school students and young people who are motivated to tackle inequality in their communities. Our pilot Young Equality Campaigners programme has been inundated with ideas, reaching around 80 young people. We are supporting teachers to facilitate effective discussions on inequality. Building on this engagement, we want to ensure young people’s voices heard in policy debates using our networks, which is currently extremely rare.
By employing a Youth Coordinator as a trusted point of contact we will develop and deliver, with ongoing consultation with participants, a cohesive strategy to include the voices and opinions of children and young people in the campaign to tackle economic and social inequalities. The role would coordinate and develop resources for schools, Young Equality campaigners, a new Fair Campus campaign, Youth Fairness Commission, school talks, workshop delivery & a volunteer programme for young people.
Increase awareness of the impacts of intersecting socio-economic inequalities among those under 25
Activities» Proactively develop relationships with at least 10 different settings and groups of young people across the UK.
» Run at least one national event specifically aimed at those under 25 on the theme of inequality.
» Deliver talks or workshops to 400-500 participants under 25 across the UK about economic inequality.
What success will look like
We will perform pre and post intervention online and offline surveys of participants to gauge awareness levels. We will also ask about intention for future actions.
Ensure the voices of children and young people are present in discussions about inequalities.
Activities» Support co-designed campaigns and events on inequality - this could be calling for individual, local or national action.
» Run a feasibility study, consulting with participants, on the establishment of a Youth Fairness Commission to report regularly to decision makers.
» Crowdsource blogs, videos and other content from young people who want to tell their story of inequality, to be featured on our website.
» Include the participants in actions and events we run with the Fight Inequality Alliance, a global network of campaigns tackling inequality.
What success will look like
We will develop and maintain a system to record the inclusion of children and young people in our output, including targets to increase this.
Increase awareness of inequality and its impact on stress and status anxiety among under 25s
Activities» Develop a teaching module in consultation with groups of young people regarding inequality and its impacts on issues of status
» Produce digital content alongside young people on how inequality is felt in their lives in terms of status, status anxiety and status competition
» Deliver workshops with young people featuring the teaching module and short film and collate findings
What success will look like
To nurture and facilitate the development of 10 Equality Advocates, who are confident to talk about inequality and anxiety to a variety of audiences.
By proactively including young people in our work to tackle inequality, we will positively impact not only the participants - through increased ability to identify the impacts socio-economic inequalities has on their lives and the lives of others and to identify solutions - but also the narratives around inequality.
We will be seeking continuous feedback from participants on their experiences to demonstrate the impact that the project has on them. We can measure policy input and media output.
There is a risk attached to working with children and young people. We have a strong Safeguarding Policy in place ensuring all staff working on this project have an enhanced DBS check and know what to do if they believe a child is vulnerable.
There is a risk that we cannot achieve everything that we would like to within 12 months, which means we will need to reassess priorities in communication with all stakeholders.
We regularly update all those involved with a monthly mailout, which will include all relevant project updates. We would seek to invite larger donors along to events and disseminate any outputs widely. All donors can contact the project lead at any time to discuss any aspect of the work.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £17,640 staff Part time Youth Coordinator £8,260 staff Operational & management input £3,000 Schools resources Further development and dissemination of schools resources £3,000 Workshops To support the delivery of facilitated workshops around the UK £1,500 Travel To support proactive outreach in different areas of the UK £4,000 Campaigns Funding for co-design campaigns and events, led by the participants £600 Training To cover training and DBS checks £2,000 National event To cover venue, speaker costs, accessibility and catering
The Youth Coordinator will be based in our office in London, and we would anticipate that there will be a significant amount of outreach work across the UK in order to engage with youth groups, schools and other settings.
As inequality impacts on everyone, and tackling it will improve the quality of life in the UK as a whole, we will seek to draw participants from all sections of the socio-economic spectrum - not just those experiencing the worst aspects of inequality.
Being able to employ a part time Youth Coordinator for one year will mean we will reach children and young people from primary school up to the age of 25, across the UK and from a wide variety of settings. We aim to reach 400-500 participants whether this be through delivering talks, providing class room resources, supporting events or co-designing campaigns.
There will also be a positive impact for schools and wider communities as the benefits of campaigns to tackle inequality are felt.
We are the only charity working on economic and social inequality in the UK experienced in grassroots activism and co-founded by world renowned inequality experts. Through our role as the co-secretariat of the APPG on Poverty, we will seek to enable participants to lobby MPs and policy advisors on inequality – using our networks to amplify their political influence – as well as working with our activist groups with councillors and decision makers at a local level.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Wanda Wyporska
Our Executive Director who will oversee strategic delivery of the project, including input into delivery of events and workshops.
Day to day operational support for the delivery of the project.
Professor Kate Pickett
Inequality expert, academic, author and speaker who will provide insight on improving accessibility to discussions on economic inequality in the UK.
Fight Inequality Alliance
Global coalition of grassroots activists: amplifies the voices of our participants and their projects, sharing them internationally.