The 2016/17 academic year sees First Give expand into 140 schools across Greater London, Essex and Bedford. That’s an increase of 29 schools since last year.
By the end of the year, we will work with around 25,000 students who, through the programme, will win a total of £210,000 for local charities they have chosen to represent across South East England.
First Give is a programme that reaches across the schools curriculum in England and is rooted into several subjects. Students that embark on the First Give journey will improve their English language, public speaking, team working, creative, critical thinking and enterprise skills. They will also be highlighting a whole variety of issues that face their local communities and will connect to charities addressing those issues.
In 2015/16 our students worked on issues including: mental health, poverty, food shortage, dementia, cancer, environment, domestic violence and homelessness.
We are growing and have recently launched First Give in Wales. We are also working on plans to expand to other parts of England so that we can work with more young people and support even more charities.
During the next academic year, together, our work in England and Wales will see us work with 30,000 young people who will win around £250,000 for local charities that they connect to through the programme.
Our work in England is being led by our Programme Manager, Louisa Searle, and our Assistant Programme Manager, Amy Clark – both of whom are qualified and experienced teachers and graduates of the Teach First programme.