The Action Sparks programme is a Somerset-wide initiative that will run for the next 2 years. Taking on empty town centre shop & using as a ‘hub’ or ‘spark’ to generate local community interest in youth volunteering and community action.
find us at : Somerset Youth Volunteering Network,
Unit 2 Frederick Place,
Quedam Shopping Centre,
01458 836 130 ext. 212
Action Sparks is a programme of events to be led, run and designed by young people. We will turn this empty space into the heart of youth action for the community, giving young people and the wider community the tools to kick start local action that both meets local needs and empowers young people.
All activities will be run for and by young people from 16 to 25 and will involve young people giving their time as volunteers to co-ordinate and run the activities as well as becoming directly involved as volunteers.
Each Spark will be planned by local young people to meet local need, but all will include:
Ø Unemployed road shows: Surgery and training events to support unemployed young people on how to use community action to build their CVs. Run with the support of young people who have themselves been unemployed and have used volunteering to find a way into work.
Ø Young artist road show: Showing off local young artists to the wider community
Ø Volunteering information workshops: For young people and the wider community
Ø Capacity building for community groups: Training support advice on good practices
Ø Young entrepreneurs workshops: Linking local successful business people with young people interested in setting up in business through the use of mentoring and training sessions
Ø Age to Age exchange events: Intergenerational exchange of knowledge and skills.
Ø Information workshops: Covering volunteering, health and life style, training opportunities, how to set up and fund a project, and just fun stuff that young people might like to get involved in.