Inspiring and equipping young people in secondary schools across England and Wales to tackle social issues

The First Give programme is designed to ignite a spark of social conscience in young people. We partner with secondary schools, supporting them to deliver the programme with a full year group. The programme is suitable for delivery with any year group from Year 7 through to Year 10. See some of the key benefits below...

  • Great for students. The First Give programme is interactive, engaging and fun for students of all attainment levels

  • Great for teachers. The First Give programme is fully resourced, including all lesson plans, hard-copy Coursebooks and PowerPoints

  • Great for the community. Students engage with local charity partners: raising awareness, campaigning and donating at least £1,000 to the winning class’s charity


Students empowered to make a positive difference to charities (2014 - 2023)

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What is the First Give programme?

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The First Give Programme

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Supporting youth social action as a First Give chosen charity – with Shelter Cymru

The First Give social action programme inspires a whole secondary school year group to engage in social action. Not only does this youth social action have positive effects on the personal development of students, but it also creates a more cohesive community, linking schools with charities operating in their local area. We wanted to share some insights from Neil Davies, the Regional Fundraiser for South Wales at Shelter Cymru, a charity that is popular amongst many First Give students. Read below about Neil’s experience as a representative from a charity that First Give students chose to support during the programme and find out how to get the most out of the experience as a chosen class charity!

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