‘Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and not for profit.’

This session gives you the chance to explore what Social Action is and learn the basics to starting your own as a Unite Ambassador. These can allow the young people to highlight identified causes, raise awareness or make a change!

Downloads

Annex 1 Community Map Example
Annex 2 Social Action Project snapshot
Annex 3 Social Action Project Checklist

Training Plan

This is the text for the training plan for this session

DurationActivityDescriptionResources 
3IntroductionIntroduction Video
https://youtu.be/162AJojCNw8
WIFI
Projector
25Map your communityIn groups or one large group draw a map of your area but it must identify areas of community concerns/ problems not just physical areas e.g. instead of drawing just a play park write the issues for the community in that area e.g. broken equipment, lack of football goals. Example Annex 1

Discuss what they have drawn, and add anything that has been missed or is discussed
Example of a Community Map Annex 1

Large paper
Pens (coloured)
15Community needsHave a conversation in pairs
List the top 8 social problems they can think about in their areas.
Identifying three of the themes would they most keen to make a difference in?
All pairs to share with the group

What issues are most common?
What is already being done to address this issue and by who?
Group to vote on which area they would like to focus on!
What innovative solutions do you think the Unite Ambassadors can bring to the issue you are concerned about?
Paper
Pens
6DefinitionRead out definition: Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and not for profit

How to make a change!
https://youtu.be/evoCIVgMz0k

What examples of social action projects have they heard of?
WIFI
15Proposal DevelopmentEveryone has five minutes to complete a ‘SNAPSHOT for an idea’
Annex 2 can be used
Everyone takes it in turns to ‘sell’ their idea in two minutes (it can be done with partners if needed)
Developing the ideas in the group, questions can be asked of the ‘thought’ leader, everyone has two votes to choose their favourite suggestion.
The mentor takes the top three options suggested.
Break into groups on those lead by the ‘thought’ leader.
In these three groups they must develop the foundations for their social action using the checklist in Annex 3
Remind them:
Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and not for profit
Paper
Pens
Annex 3 Social Action Project Checklist
10Social Action Marketplace
The groups must present their ideas in a 3 minutes sales pitch

The group must vote to KEEP, PARK or DEVELOP the ideas to use as part of their projects

Discuss what next? Form Social Action groups
Social Action Projects can be worked on as the Unite Ambassadors meet over the next few months
Paper
Pens
Maybe WIFI access for research (optional)