Scouts say #iwill: Part 2

Astrud I will

We’re committed to empowering more young people to take part in social action, whether that means campaigning, fundraising, mentoring, volunteering or providing aid in communities.

The #iwill campaign, which is run by the charity Step up to Serve and backed by HRH Prince Charles and the UK’s three main political parties, aims to make social action the norm for 10-20-year-olds by 2020.

Astrud Turner, 16, from Carlisle is an #Iwill ambassador. She explains: 'I love volunteering and encouraging others to get involved too. I’m part of the Scouts and the Guides, where I’ve helped out in my local community and countryside, developing and preserving it, and raised money and awareness for charities.

'I also help increase awareness of Scouting in the local area, and I was proud to be part of Scouts Speak Up! in Manchester, where I got the chance to talk to MPs and councillors about issues that affect young people, and debate ways we can create positive change.'

She continues: 'The #iWill campaign is making social change so much more accessible and interesting for young people, allowing them to see the positive effect they can have on their communities, and their communities to see the impact young people can make.'

UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: 'Young people can change the world. I recently met Scouts who fundraise and raise awareness for people with additional needs, visit older people in their homes and spend time chatting with the lonely, and even ones who were campaigning for a safer place for children to cross the road. The more we can do for others, the more it enriches your life.'

Read about #iwill ambassador Ben Morante.

Find out more and pledge to support the campaign at iwill.org.uk.

Read our pledge at iwill.org.uk/pledge/scout-association.

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