TimeBank and Action for Stammering Children challenge young people to deliver change in their communities

Julia Shipston Julia Shipston

Volunteering charity TimeBank will work with Action for Stammering Children (ASC) on a new project for young people that will see them plan, design and deliver a social action project to benefit their community in Islington.

The project – Looking Forward – will offer an opportunity for 10 young people from the ASC Youth Panel who are living with a stammer to combine their entrepreneurial skills with TimeBank’s volunteering expertise to develop a social action project to benefit the local community. The team will have a budget of £1,000 to plan, design and deliver a social action project linked to a local not-for-profit organisation.

Looking Forward has been funded by a grant from the #iwill Fund which is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.

Young people on the Looking Forward project will be supported by a TimeBank Project Co-ordinator, who will run 10 sessions over six months to develop the young people’s skills in project planning and budgeting, marketing and communications, project delivery and evaluation.

TimeBank Chief Executive Phil Pyatt says: “Looking Forward offers the opportunity for these young people to take ownership from the start of the project. It recognises their entrepreneurial energy and trusts them to make decisions about spending. Our starting point is ‘…what difference do you think you could make in your community if you had a budget of £1,000?…’. We’ll then support them to make that aspiration a reality. This is an opportunity for them to develop practical skills and deliver real change. We hope it will also result in a life-long interest in volunteering.” 

Action for Stammering Children Chief Executive Steven Gauge says: “We are hugely grateful to team at TimeBank for creating this wonderful opportunity and our Youth Panel are all fired up and ready to get started. We are looking forward to working with the volunteering experts at TimeBank and showing how our inspirational Youth Panel, made up of young people who stammer, can make a huge, positive impact as volunteers.” 


For further information, contact: TimeBank Communications Manager: [email protected], tel: 0771 316 3003

Notes to editors:

About TimeBank:

  • TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000. It recruits and trains volunteers to deliver projects to tackle complex social problems using online video technology
  • It also works with businesses to engage their staff in volunteering
  • TimeBank believes that great volunteering can transform the lives of both volunteers and beneficiaries by building stronger, happier and more inclusive communities.
  • For more information see www.timebank.org.uk

About Action for Stammering Children:

  • Action for Stammering Children (ASC) is a UK charity which aims to ensure that every child and young person across the UK who stammers has access to effective services and support to help them meet the challenges they face. 
  • Since it was founded, ASC has supported 88,000 children and young people who stammer. 
  • The Charity is based in The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in Central London and commissions specialist assessments and therapies for children and young people that stammer, research and the training of speech and language therapists across the country.
  • Stammering crosses all races, cultures, religions and social groupings, conceals intellectual ability, affects educational choices and achievement, resulting in impaired communication skills, and in some cases can become a focus for teasing and bullying. Without appropriate support, in severe cases, a stammer may play a significant part in a young person’s ability to achieve their potential and to make a full contribution to society as an adult. 

#iwill Fund

  • The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
  • The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.
  • The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.
  • By bringing together funders from across different sectors and by making sure that young people have a say in where the funding goes – the #iwill Fund is taking a collaborative approach.

#iwill campaign

  • The #iwill campaign is a collective effort involving over 900 partners from across the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for 10- to 20-year olds by the year 2020, wherever they live and whatever their background.
  • The #iwill campaign was launched in 2013 with cross-party and multi-sector support after research into how the business, education, public and voluntary sectors could support young people to engage in social action. The campaign is coordinated by Step Up To Serve, a charity registered in England & Wales (no. 1154588).
  • HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign. For more information, visit www.iwill.org.uk and follow @iwill_campaign

The National Lottery Community Fund

  • We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  
  • We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

  • Press Office
    • Media enquiries (journalists only) 020 7211 2210
    • Out of hours telephone pager 07699 751 153.

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