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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 students 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 

Maxi Panayi

Maxi Panayi
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Maxi Panayi

Maxi is taking part in the Time to Shine Internship Programme and joined us in January 2017. Maxi has previously volunteered at the Fawcett Society and Stop the Traffik.

Community Engagement Officer 

Facilitators

 Isabella Wilson

Isabella Wilson
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Isabella Wilson

Isabella previously worked with young people within St John Ambulance and the UK Youth Parliament. She is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in International Relations at LSE.

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.

Terence Lapidus

Terence Lapidus
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Terence Lapidus

Terence has been working in youth development and leadership training for the past 12 years both in South Africa and in the UK. He also works in International Development and runs a food production business selling granola to shops.

Caroline Sargeant

Caroline Sargeant
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Caroline Sargeant

Caroline has a creative background in theatre, film, TV and education. Since 2009 she has used this experience to deliver a range of workshops for children in primary and secondary schools. Caroline's motto is: Motivate, Educate, Inspire!

Neil Fosberry

Neil Fosberry
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Neil Fosberry

Neil is a Youth Engagement specialist with over 6 years experience in the sector delivering training programmes in a broad spectrum of settings including Employability, Education, Early Intervention & Youth Justice.

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.

Bryony Mawdsley

Bryony Mawdsley
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Bryony Mawdsley

Bryony has a background in CSR and currently manages a charitable foundation which helps young people access opportunities in the creative industries.

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.

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.