Our Programme

We believe in the impact that students can bring to their communities. That belief has guided our mission since 2014. Today, we’re still just as dedicated to empowering students to take social action – and we do it with our curriculum-linked programme.

The First Give programme has been designed, shaped and scoped by teachers, for teachers.

We've done all the planning, design, and curriculum-linked lesson planning - so our partner schools don't have to. All that our teachers in First Give partner schools need to do is find the best curriculum time to deliver the programme.

  • Four facilitated sessions.
    The Programme includes a facilitated Class Teacher Training, Launch Assembly, Presentation Skills Workshop and your First Give Final

  • Fully resourced.
    Our programme is ready for you to deliver, with high quality resources including all Student Coursebooks, lesson plans, PowerPoints and our online ‘Teacher Hub’

  • Full support from First Give.
    Our Programmes Team are there to support with the planning, logistics and quality assurance of the programme


First Give programmes delivered (2022/23)

How It Works

We support our First Give partner schools to deliver the programme with their chosen year group, in their chosen curriculum area, during their chosen term. The programme offers multiple benefits to our partner schools and includes a fully resourced package, ready for our Lead and Class teachers to deliver the programme confidently.

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Programme impact


of students reported improving their skills in at least one of our key skill areas (2022/23)


of students say that they will or may do more social action in the future (20212/23))


of lead teachers say that as a result of taking part in First Give their students were more confident to tackle social issues (2022/23)


of lead teachers agreed that First Give helped their school develop more meaningful ways of connecting with the community (2022/23)


Number of programmes delivered (2022/23)


Number of participating students (2022/23)

How Students Support Charities

First Give supports students to learn about social issues in their community. Through the programme students identify local social issues that they care about and learn about how charities support them. Students complete meaningful social action in support of their charity or their charity’s cause. In addition, students learn the impact and value of winning a £1,000 donation for their chosen charity.

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The First Give Package

Your school contributes £750 to run First Give. In return, you get:

All the resources you need to deliver the programme:

  • Lesson plans and lesson briefing videos
  • A scheme of work including PowerPoint presentations for each lesson
  • A hard copy of our Student Coursebook for every student in the year group
  • Our online ‘Teacher Hub’ including videos and top tips
  • An end of year certificate to celebrate your schools’ contribution to the community
  • A report on the First Give programme at your school for your Head Teacher

Four facilitated sessions from First Give:

  • A Teacher Briefing session
  • A Launch Assembly
  • A Presentation Skills Workshop
  • Your School Final.

And full support from a member of the First Give Programmes team who will be available from the moment you sign up


Guaranteed grant of £1,000 for your winning class’s charity.

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Programme Calendar

Our vision is to empower as many students as possible, within secondary schools across England and Wales, to help make the lives of others better. To do this we must plan ahead and book our partner schools’ dates in advance, to ensure they are fully supported in delivering a succesful First Give Programme. Don’t miss out on your chosen term – book your dates ASAP!

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We couldn’t achieve our mission without our supporters donations. Check out how our generous funders, and our partner school contributions support our work.

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