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We work in partnership with secondary schools to help young people to give their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local communities.

Our vision is to help build a new generation of motivated and switched-on young people who want to use their skills to support local charities and make the lives of others in and around their communities better.

Why we do it

Young people. We believe in young people. Their passion, creativity and determination are all positive qualities that can be harnessed for social change.​ We work to:

Ignite a spark of social conscience in young people

Develop key professional skills in young people such as: teamwork; research; public speaking and leadership

Build a culture of giving in future generations

Grow the commitment of charities to engage with young people for the good of the sector as a whole

What we do

The First Give Programme is delivered through a fully resourced scheme of work that is interactive and student-led.

Over eight lessons, the Programme encourages an entire year group of students to identify social issues in their area and engage with local charities that address them. The stufdents will then have the opportunity to compete for £1,000 of grant money. Teams will do this by advocating for their charity in a school competition.

The scheme of work promotes many aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education within secondary schools. It fits easily into a variety of different subject areas such as Citizenship, PSHE, RE and English.

£1,000 grant money for each school
First Give provides all the lesson plans and resources including PowerPoints, hard copy Student Coursebooks as well as £1,000 grant money for each school to award to the charity of the winning class. In addition to this, First Give will also deliver an Assembly, Presentation Skills Workshop and host the School Final in order to further engage and inspire students.

Central team

Louisa Searle

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Louisa qualified as a teacher through Teach First and worked as a secondary school teacher for three years teaching English in North London. Louisa jointly launched First Give in 2014 and took over as Director in 2017.

Director 

Amy Clark

Amy Clark
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Amy Clark

Amy qualified as a teacher through Teach First and worked as a secondary school teacher for four years in Yorkshire and London. Amy joined First Give in July 2016.

Programme Manager,   London 

Isaac Jones

Isaac Jones
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Isaac Jones

Isaac is a fan of young people and what they can achieve when they are given the chance. He has worked in the charity sector since 2007 and joined First Give in August 2017.

Programme Manager,   London  

Leon Ward

Leon Ward
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Leon Ward

Leon has been working in the charity sector for ten years in England, Wales and internationally. He is also Deputy Chair of Brook, the young person's sexual health clinic. Leon joined First Give in July 2016.

Programme Manager,   Wales 

Georgia Bennett

Georgia Bennett
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Georgia Bennett

Georgia previously worked in executive education marketing before joining the charity sector. She seeks to support and develop local charities, education and young people. Georgia joined First Give in January 2018.

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Facilitators

Eva Savage

Eva Savage
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Eva Savage

Eva is a professional actor and voice artist, who has toured throughout the UK and Italy. She is thrilled to be able to use these skills to help young people improve their public speaking skills through the First Give programme.

Olivia Dowd

Olivia Dowd
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Olivia Dowd

Olivia has completed Year Here, a post-graduate course in social innovation, and is currently working on her own documentary about humour and play therapy.

Helen Kelleher

Helen Kelleher
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Helen Kelleher

Helen has primarily been an actor for the past five years and is pleased to be using her experience to benefit young people with their public speaking skills.

Rob McNeilly

Rob McNeilly
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Rob McNeilly

Originally from Glasgow, Rob is a professionally trained actor and singer. Most recently he was the Vocal Captain onboard the Celebrity Constellation for Celebrity Cruises.

Daisy Jacobs

Daisy Jacobs
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Daisy Jacobs

Daisy has completed Year Here, a post-graduate course in social innovation, and now runs ‘Routes’, a social enterprise using drama and play to help female refugees in London to learn English, grow in confidence and build social connections.

Leila Saghir-Pashley

Leila Saghir-Pashley
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Leila Saghir-Pashley

Leila was previously Programmes Manager for Stemettes, where she encouraged more girls to enter STEM. She is now a facilitator and board member for several charities, and is also setting up a charity to raise awareness of the effects of sugar on chronic illnesses.

Camilla Gordon

Camilla Gordon
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Camilla Gordon

Camilla is a freelance facilitator working both with young people and professionals, using facilitation to create change. She is particularly interested in empowering young people to create change in their own communities and so is excited to be working with First Give.

Laura Kirman 

Laura Kirman
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Laura Kirman

Laura is a professional actor who has worked mainly in theatre with a variety of different companies. She is thrilled to be able to work with First Give and can’t wait to work with all the different schools on this fantastic programme.

Felicity Houlbrooke

Felicity Houlbrooke
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Felicity Houlbrooke

Felicity is a trained professional actor. She is delighted to be able to help young people develop their own public speaking skills and confidence.

We are recruiting for a School Facilitator in South Wales! Read about the role and find out how to apply here.