#IWillWeek returns for 2018 raising awareness of youth social action

This week marks the return of the #IWillWeek campaign, promoting social action among 10 to 20 year olds.

Social action includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit - supporting communities and young people themselves. So far, more than 700 business, education and voluntary sector partners have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people and British Blind Sport proudly promotes this campaign.

As part of the #IWill campaign, British Blind Sport pledges five promises to help promote social action in young people with the aim of creating an inclusive future in sport:

  • To enable blind and partially sighted young people to have the same opportunities as sighted people in sport.
  • To support young people with a VI to access positive volunteering experiences.
  • To help young people with a VI to act as ambassadors, to promote what is possible and encourage their peers to reach their maximal potential.
  • To share the journeys of young leaders on our See My Voice sports leadership programme, to empower and inspire others to take social action.
  • To connect young people with key decision makers in sport and physical activity to share their experience and increase inclusion levels for future generations.

Social action contributes to the development of the skills of young people and helps to shape the landscape of communities. British Blind Sport’s See My Voice project recognises the role that social action plays in the development of young people living with a visual impairment and the effect that these roles can have on shaping the future of VI sport. The project underpins a recognised leadership qualification with a foundation of positive volunteering roles to give young VI people, aged between 11 and 18, a voice in making sports more inclusive.

British Blind Sport’s See My Voice young leaders are supporting the #IWill campaign by sharing their stories of volunteering experiences and #IWill pledges. See My Voice young leader and Sports England #IWill Ambassador, Kian, is supporting VI people through social action to reach their full potential. Kian pledges to “enable and support VI people through sport and challenge them to their best ability”.

Follow us on Twitter at @BritBlindSport and on Facebook at @BritishBlindSport to see more pledges from SMV young leaders. Watch the #IWill and #IWillWeek hashtags to see how other people are supporting the campaign.

If you would like to find out more information about the See My Voice leadership project, visit http://bit.ly/2jA35GP.