First Give works in partnership with secondary schools to help young people give their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local communities.
The First Give Programme is delivered through a fully resourced scheme of work that is interactive and student-led. The Programme is offered to schools free of charge.
“We have put a lot of effort and time into this project and we believe we can change how people think about the elderly."
“First Give is an excellent scheme to provide students with knowledge of the social issues around them, life skills and confidence."
Tina Carls, School Governor, SPS school
“What an amazing group of students. I am so proud of their emotional impact, research knowledge and confidence. What an articulate group of women. WELL DONE."
Geraldine Freear, Headteacher
“An amazing and inspiring night full of passion, poignance and talent. Thank you First Give!"
Ewan Crowley, Head Boy
“It was an honour to judge the First Give final. It is great that the young people are encouraged to continue to support their local charity and they will be…"
Mayor of Thurrock
“First Give clearly ignited and empowered students. It is great to see their connections with their communities. Congratulations!"
Taiyeba Hussain, Manager of Educational Programming
“Students win and the charities win - brilliant! The students learn so much; not just about their charities but also presentational skills. A real confidence…"
Anne Finnegan, Assistant Headteacher
“The programme gives the children the chance to open their eyes to some of the problems that exist around us. The help and direction given by First Give enabled…"
Charles Joel, Councillor
“Wow, what a fantastic night! Great presentations by the individual groups delivered with pace, passion and enthusiasm. A very proud evening for all involved."
Liz Jones, Dunstable Town Mayor
“As a judge this was a fantastic opportunity for me to see how strongly young people feel about organisations in their community. Thank you!"
Stephanie Pinner, Training Manager
“The response from my form has been unprecedented in its enthusiasm and dedication to their chosen charities. Each group is personally involved with the charity…"
Teacher at Townley Grammar School
“Highly successful programme culminating in a very well organised public final with high profile judges. The students’ presentations were outstanding.…"
Teacher at St Albans Girls School
“A fantastic opportunity to get young people engaged with local charities and thinking about volunteering, combined with a very real incentive for charities to…"
Liz Pearce, Operations Manager, Redbridge CVS
“A fantastic project which deepened students' understanding of social issues and heightened awareness of the importance of giving."
Ms Keran Reilly
“The students have gained a tremendous amount of courage, empathy and understanding through their work with First Give. Watching all of their presentations made…"
Mrs J Surani, Vice Principal, Kingsley Academy
“It was a privilege and an honour to be a judge at the Chace Community School final. All the finalists showed their knowledge and skills and everything they…"
Denny Adam, Property Director
“I was impressed with the research and passion the young people put into their presentations. They really care about these causes."
Sandeep Shah, Head of Communications & PR, Jack Petchey Foundation
“A wonderful event with some inspiring young people offering hope for the future."
Ross Diamond, Chief Executive Officer Redbridge CVS
“I love that us students are being encouraged to get involved in our community. It instills in us the importance of working as one in order to work towards a…"
Hafsa Jalisi, Head Girl, Claremont High School Academy
“The First Give programme is outstanding. The reources and lesson plans are easy to impliment and have good potential for outstanding learning and progress from…"
Ben Chappell, Head of PSHE, Wilson's School
“A very rewarding experience as a judge, a thoroughly uplifting experience for the students. Confidence…"
Michael Orford, teacher at Plumstead Manor School
“I think that all the presentations were fantastic in their own ways. Many students showed confidence,…"
Sundas Batool, Year 10 student at Plumstead Manor School
“Really wonderful experience, it was great to see the enjoyment that the young students had in giving to…"
Hannah Egoeye, Head girl at the Grey Coat Hospital
“Very impressive and wonderful to see children finding out and being passionate about social issues.…"
Jackie Rosenberg, CEO One Westminster
“Amazing opportunity for all the students. Such an incredibly high standard. So impressed that they had…"
Janette Parish, Greycoat Hospital School
“Fantastic event! Very happy to be judges. All the contestants performed passionately and for fantastic…"
House captains, Hurstmere Boys
“An excellent experience for all involved."
Wendy Day, teacher at Hurstmere Boys
“I am really impressed with the First Give programme. Seeing the young people today speaking confidently in public about engaging with charities within the…"
“A great project for QK Year 9s, as their line manager I have seen the 'buzz' it has created in the year team. Hopefully an annual event for Quntin Kynaston."
Celeste Fay, Deputy Head, Quintin Kynaston
“Wow, well done QK year 9s – I was seriously impressed with your research and engagement skills relating to the charities you chose. It was great for me to…"
Josie Verghese, Producer BBC News
“We've learnt that with some work, you can change other people's lives."
Year 8 student, Bethnal Green Academy
“An absolutely fantastic programme. Outstanding presentations, full of information, creativity and provoking thought and discussion. Congratulations to Eden…"
Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson, Thames Valley Police
“What an excellent event! Engaging, entertaining, moving. It helped to develop their speaking & listening skills as well as their social conscience.…"
Mr Cramer, Headteacher, Greenford High School
“We have learnt that helping others just by even a tiny bit makes such a big difference. Our friendship group also grew and we also got to meet many…"
Year 9 Student
“The School Final was a most educational evening and brought out some great strengths and confidences from the pupils participating. First Give is an…"
Liam DeRoe - Macmillan Cancer Care Volunteer
“The School Final was a lovely evening, the culmination of an active citizenship project which has engaged the students, encouraged them to think more deeply…"
Catriona Jenkins - Assistant Head - Hampstead School
“The best thing about the First Give programme was witnessing our students take responsibility for their own learning and becoming confidence, resilient and…"
Thoraya Al-Hafidh - Citizenship Leader - Alexandra Park School
“First Give was an amazing project for my students to be involved in. They have learned so much about their community and the charity…"
Louise Linton - Lead Teacher - Gaynes School
“It's great to see how involved our students have been in the work of their chosen charities. The programme has opened their eyes to social issues locally,…"
Edward Spary - Assistant Headteacher - Abbotsfield School for Boys
“An outstanding programme which provides an excellent structure which enables students to take an active role in their community whilst developing crucial life…"
Lynne Isham - Deputy Headteacher - Lampton Academy
“Working with First Give was a delight. Our students were able to develop their gifts and talents for the benefit of others; visiting charities,…"
Julia Waters - Headteacher - Ursuline High School
“First Give has provided our students with a one in a million opportunity to realise and act upon their strengths. We are extremely grateful. "
Roisy Nevies - Informal Educator - Hasmonean Boys School
“The Final was such a fun event, it was great to see the results of pupils' creativity, passion and teamwork. It's wonderful to know they are learning all these…"
Cllr Sally Littlejohn - London Borough of Waltham Forest
“The organisation and support of First Give enabled our students to engage well and campaign passionately for their chosen causes"
Louise Wilson - Managing Head - Bedales School
“First Give gets our students actively involved in their chosen charities and nurtures them as caring members of the community. It also gets them working as a…"
Rebecca Laek - Head of English at St John Payne Catholic School
“First Give has helped us with our speaking skills and given us the confidence to stand up for the things we believe in"
Year 8 Student
“The teams took on challenging and thought provoking topics with empathy and maturity. It was such wonderful effort and real creativity at King Harold Academy. "
2nd Lieutenant Dean Griffiths, Essex Army Cadet Force
“A really inspirational and worthwhile experience for our students. I was so impressed with the hard work, effort and the passion displayed. "
James Kane - Teacher - London Academy of Excellence
“First Give has given our students a fantastic opportunity to better understand and engage with their local community. The majority of our students had no idea…"
Alastair Watkins - Teacher, Cardinal Wiseman School
“In my 10 years of teaching PSHE and Citizenship, First Give proved themselves to be one of the most professional organisations I have come across. In…"
Stuart George - Teacher - Didcot Girls' School
“I know the students will remember their involvement with First Give for the rest of their lives and that the impact on the growth of their characters will be…"
Daniel Connor - Principal - Challney High School for Boys
“First Give has given us the confidence to speak out about something we care for. It has allowed us to give back and make a positive impact in our community."
Year 10 Student - Hayes Academy
“An incredible evening that demonstrated the power young people possess. The students’ enthusiasm for local giving will stay with me "
Chris Smith - SSAT and Judge at London Academy
“Our team have learnt so much on the programme. Not only have we put together a presentation but we've had to meet new people in the community and learn their…"
Student - Archbishop Lanfranc Academy
“I found the night very exciting to see all the groups trying to put their ideas and desire across using important life skills. It is good to see youth with…"
Ryan Nichols - Student Judge, Year 11
“First Give provides the motivation for young people to really get to grips with the issues affecting society today. Many of their responses were genuinely…"
Gary Lobbet - Principal - Alec Reed Academy