We are calling on local people to help Swale Young People gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Small Charity Week Match Fund!
Your donations are vital to allow us to run an organisation that gives young people a voice. Empowering them through opportunities and events!
The campaign starts at 10AM on the 22nd June and will run until the fund runs out, or 23:59 on the same day – whichever comes first. During the campaign, one-time donations will be matched pound-for-pound up to £25.
Donate from 10AM on Thursday 22ndYou can also add Gift Aid, meaning Swale Young People will receive a huge £56.25!
Each year Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector – of the invaluable contribution that these groups make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.
Patrick Cantellow, CEO at Swale Young People said:
“We are appealing for donations to push forward our innovative and digitally led work. The Small Charity Week Match Fund is an exciting campaign and a fantastic opportunity for us to kick start our summer fundraising. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. Just £10 funds expenses for a local young person to access an opportunity. On Thursday, your £10 donation will allow for two young people to access opportunities. If we was to raise £250 on Thursday – our annual Swale Youth Conference will benefit.”
Stephen Mallinson, Chief Executive of Localgiving said:
“Local charities are at the forefront of every community, offering vital services and helping the most vulnerable people in society. Localgiving hopes that through the Small Charity Week Match Fund Campaign, more people are able to connect with their local charities and community groups.”
In the election week, we held not one, but two general election debates between prospective Parliamentary candidates.
They were a huge success, with many young people in attendance and over 400 people watching via Facebook live.
5th June – Sittingbourne & Sheppey
Clockwise from top left. Lee McCall (Independent), Mike Baldock (Independent), Patrick Cantellow (Swale Young People), Mad Mike Young (The Monster Raving Loony Party), Mike Rolfe (Labour), Mark Lindop (Greens), Demi Bailey (Swale Young People), Mike Whiting (Representative for the Conservative Party), Keith Nevols (Liberal Democrats)
All parties were represented at our first debate, in New House Youth Centre, with candidates debating on topics including LGBT+, mental health services, excessive housing and the NHS. The debate was chaired excellently by Demi Bailey, a Young Ambassador for Swale Young People. Demi and Swale Young People was commended on it’s planning and fair platform.
You can catch part of the debate on our live video:
6th June - Faversham & Mid Kent
Our 2nd debate was for the Faversham & Mid Kent constituency. Candidates were grilled by a large audience on the environmental issues, public security, votes at 16 and Donald Trump!
You can catch part of the debate on our live video:
It’s Volunteer’s Week – starting this week, we’ll be sharing blogs about volunteering stories in a series called ‘Volunteering Insight’. The aim is to share with the world what it’s like volunteering at organisations as a young person.
The first in this series is about Youth Employment UK, and what it’s like being a volunteer ambassador for this fantastic organisation, from myself, Patrick Cantellow.
Youth Employment UK (YEUK) was set up to support all of those working in the youth employment sector, including young people. They’ve got a name for themselves amongst Parliament to SME’s to large corporations, for delivering impactful work with young people at the centre.
In Year 11, I found myself often complaining about the education system and careers education. Me being me, and my passion for making a change, I decided to do something about it.
I found out about the roles at Youth Employment UK via Twitter. It looked like a great platform to showcase my opinion, as well as a chance to network with young adults in apprenticeships and universities.
My first event with Youth Employment UK was the Youth Friendly Employer Conference 2015 in London. It gave me a great understanding in the employment sector, and how schemes such as Apprentices work. Although I didn’t know any of the team and other Ambassadors, we clicked well, and before I knew it, I was roped into delivering a session about reaching out to young people.
The event and knowledge I gained opened my eyes about other potential routes other than the “social norm” of a university. So much so, that it played a huge part in my pursuing an apprenticeship in marketing a year later.
Youth Employment UK is the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment. Meaning once a month, Youth Employment UK, it’s partners, ministers, civil servants and of course young people, have a chance to speak in the place that makes the decisions. I find these are great meetings to go along to, and they are open to the public, so I thoroughly recommend you come along.
What is worth mentioning is how Laura-Jane Rawlings, the Founder & CEO of Youth Employment UK, actively says no to speaking opportunities and offers it to her ambassadors instead. I’ve been luckily enough to speak at conferences and join them on a trip to Poland to talk at the European Congress all because of LJ and her team’s down to earth ethos.
Youth Employment UK also provides training for their ambassadors to learn more about the youth employment sector, and are currently working on a plan to get us ambassadors working in our local communities.
Overall, volunteering with Youth Employment UK has, and will continue to be, an outstanding experience that I highly recommend others to get involved in.