Just One MAD month to go!

1st Aug 2017

Are you planning to submit an entry for the 'GO Make A Difference' challenge? If so, you've got just one month left to get on it!

Not sure what it is you're missing out on? (Well, potentially £1000 prize money for one thing...!) We received this update from one of the 'GO Make A Difference' partners - Redeeming Our Communities - and we thought we let you in on the latest news:

"From across the UK, groups of young people are entering 'GO Make A Difference' in their local community and every time a team registers for the competition we’re getting more excited.

Switched on youth leaders are looking at what their groups are already involved in – and where it impacts the community they are encouraging their young people to get involved as part of the campaign.

We want to celebrate what young people contribute to their community so we’re delighted to register the groups and encourage them over the summer. There is nothing ‘too simple’ and the competition is judged on what made ‘the biggest impact in their local community’. An area covered in litter can be cleared by enthusiastic young people in a matter of hours, but the impact can be incredible (don’t forget the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots). It may be that you have a specific need in your community and your group do something new to meet that need. A great example is the group who realised a lot of older folk were socially isolated so they arranged a ‘holiday at home’ afternoon and then persuaded their parents to provide transport to and from the event – talk about inter-generational work!

Just in case you need some pump-priming inspiration, don’t forget to download our ‘101 Community Action ideas’.

Whatever your young people are doing this summer, if it Makes A Difference to your local community then register your group and let us celebrate their work. You’ve nothing to lose – but there’s plenty to win."

Phil Gleave, ROC

The challenge closes on 1st September so while there's not much time left if you are starting from scratch, if you are working on something already you've got plenty of time to prepare your entry! ROC, the Christian Police Association, Youth For Christ and Urban Saints are all looking forward to seeing the difference your young people are making in their local community!

The GO Make A Difference website

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