Introducing… Changemakers

LGiU had some new neighbours move into the next office over the holidays. We are very excited to work alongside Changemakers as we believe their aims match ours – empowering people to take a lead and strengthening communities.

As a way to introduce them to our network, we have asked them to write a guest blog outlining the great work they do, and how you can get involved with them. Over to Anna…

Changemakers works to unlock young people’s leadership potential. We offer a leadership development programme to young people offering coaching, training and support to help build their capacity to lead. We run an organisational development programme that builds the capacity of organisations to engagemore effectively with young people. We campaign to tackle the barriers that young people face when trying to access leadership roles, including being a Councillor, and to increase the number of young people in such positions. We also run several flagship programmes to offer real and paid leadership roles to young people.

Kirsty Wilson is a changemaker from Newcastle and worked with Urban Games on an Organisational Development Programme. Before becoming a changemaker Kirsty had been volunteering and studying towards an NVQ course in youth work.

Kirsty took the opportunity to gain more skills and experience in different areas that she hadn’t focussed on before. Through being involved with Changemakers she has grown more confident in presenting, campaigning and public speaking. Since completing the Changemakers programme Kirsty has now got a job with NE Generation where she’s organising an event in June.

 

One major piece of campaign activity Changemakers is working on at the moment is an awards programme designed to celebrate and recognise employers who value and develop their young employees. The awards will reach beyond the realms of the Times 100 Top Graduate Employers and will offer winners invitation to an awards ceremony and associated PR.

If you’re interested in applying then visit www.changemakers.org.uk/campaign to find out more or contact Changemakers at info@changemakers.org.uk. The deadline to apply is 31st January 2012.