The #iwill campaign aims to ensure that 60% of 10 to 20-year-olds across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020. We support this by encouraging all of our students to get involved in a range of activities, such as volunteering and fundraising for charities, during our College Community Days.
Here are the top 5 reasons we think community work is so important:
It brings people together and encourages teamwork
Social action is most effective when groups of people work together towards a common goal. This is an important skill that can can build confidence and be carried throughout education into the workplace.
Making a difference is good for you
Achieving goals set as a team within the community can improve your physical and mental health evoking optimism and joy. It’s also said to reduce stress, as you are able to focus on someone and something else.
It strengthens your community
Social action includes a range of different activities such as improving schools, the environment and working with local charities. This helps you build a relationship with the local community as you set goals together, investing in its places and people.
You can put your skills to good use
The activity you choose can relate to your course giving you the chance to put what you have learned into action. This will allow you to explore your interests and recognise skills. If you are trying something completely new you might discover hidden talents.
It helps you develop your sense of awareness
It is important to be able to understand different social situations. Working within the community will help you build confidence, improve your social skills and increase your ability to interact.
We encourage all of our students to get involved in meaningful social action during College community days in support of the #iwill campaign. Together we can help to meet this target by volunteering throughout Canterbury.