Action 2015

The Frances Bardsley International Club is supporting the action/2015 initiative led by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London. action/2015 is a global campaign calling for concrete actions and ambitious agreements for people and the planet in 2015. On 15th January, action/2015 will launch its international awareness campaign to mobilise and empower the public around the world, and help ensure their voices are heard on the post-2015 development agenda. The RCS has joined this global initiative, made up of thousands of organisations, coalitions and partnerships. The movement reflects a wide range of global issues including poverty, gender justice, anti- discrimination and climate change. Participating groups are united in the belief that the decisions taken in 2015 are critical for our future, and that we need to raise our voices today for the generations of tomorrow.

A significant part of the action/2015 campaign involves mobilising the voices of young people. In particular, the movement hopes to enable 15-year-olds, who will reach their full maturity in 2030, to share the campaign message with their country leaders. The 2015 Commonwealth theme ‘A Young Commonwealth’ acknowledges the huge potential for engaging the younger generations of our countries and their vital role in development. This year is an excellent opportunity for young people to contribute to discussions on sustainable development. Indeed, over 75% of people who participated in the UN’s My World 2015 - global survey for a better world, were young people aged 16-30, and the results make interesting reading in respect of priority issues. Since half the Commonwealth’s population is made up of people under 25, it is crucial that we make the most of this diverse community to ensure that their voices are heard in making and implementing the decisions that will ultimately affect them the most in the next 15 years.

Campaigning can be impactful, and creating a future that we want will require increased campaign pressure to ensure world leaders keep to their promises. The RCS would like to hear the voices of everybody who wants to see a fairer and greener world. So, on action2015 Launch Day on Thursday 15th January 2015, why not make some noise on the proposed global development goals? How would you envisage a better world for future generations?

You can get more involved by doing the following: 1. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #action2015 and @thercslondon 2. Send an email to 15 friends, telling them why the year 2015 is so important 3. Hold a mini-debate with your youth group or class on the current development goals.

FBA Joins #iwill National Campaign on Social Action


The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls has joined a national campaign on social action, backed by Her Majesty’s Government and His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales who is Patron of the Step up To Serve Charity.

#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible - by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action, working to embed it in the journey of young people and creating fresh opportunities for the participation. The campaign is being coordinated by the charity Step up To Serve.

Social action means ‘practical action in the service of others that creates a double benefit,’ to the Step up To Serve Campaign. This benefit is to the young people themselves and the communities in which they live.

The Vision of the Step up To Serve Campaign is that every young person in the UK is taking part in this kind of ‘quality’ social action and we’ll achieve this by inspiring leaders from across society to create fresh opportunities for 10-20 year-olds to take part. If the campaign is successful, more than 1 million young people will get the chance to engage in social action for the first time.

The Frances Bardsley Autism & Disabilities Club at the school has joined the Step up To Serve Campaign. The FBA pledge is now on the website of the Step up To Serve charity:

The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls in Romford strongly believes in raising Compassionate Leaders. In 2015, we will…

•Encourage sixth form students to become FBA Autism Ambassadors, who work in partnership with the RIEES Autism Club in Romford to suport 18-25 year old people with autism in the community. FBA Autism Ambassadors are also involved in organising a key event in Havering by working with community partners at the Autism Sunday Service held at St. Alban’s Church in Romford. The students are also involved in following a historic and ground breaking Leadership Development and Autism Volunteering Course with the RIEES Charity.

•Provide opportunities for the FBA Autism Ambassadors to reflect on what they have learnt and achieved in their role and encourage them to promote the benefits of getting involved in this high quality social action to their younger peers within the academy.

Ivan Corea, Teacher-in-Charge of the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club said: ‘I am delighted that FBA Autism Ambassadors are reaching out to the vulnerable in our community in Havering. This is what compassionate leadership is all about.’

The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls has joined key partners including OFSTED, The Prince’s Trust, The Mayor of London, Barclay’s Bank, NHS England, EDF Energy, and WWF among a range of organisations.

The campaign is backed by leaders from across UK society, led by HRH the Prince of Wales with renewed support from all of the main political parties.

“This campaign is above party politics – it’s about believing in our young people and backing them to do the right thing. We want more young people to have the opportunity to serve others and reap the benefits that this brings,’ said David Cameron, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party.

“Through the #iwill campaign young people are developing their skills, while they help make Britain a better place. I commend the #iwill ambassadors – they’re leading by example, showing just how much is possible when you step up and help others in your community,’ said Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.

“I was delighted to be involved in the launch of this campaign that is mobilising the talents of young people right across the country. We know there is more to be done in our schools and colleges, our businesses and our public services. I wish the #iwill campaign all the best in the months and years to come,” said Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party.

The Frances Bardsley Autism & Disabilities Club will be co-hosting the Havering Autism Sunday Service on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 3 p.m. at St. Alban’s Church in King’s Road, Romford, RM1 2SS. All parents, carers, children and adults with autism are invited to attend the service which will be followed by a church tea. The Bishop of Barking, the Rt. Rev. Peter Hill is delivering the address. The Havering Autism Sunday Service will also host the first ever Autism Sunday Art Exhibition and a large Pilgrimage Painting by young people with autism from the RIEES Autism Club. The paintings will be on sale with all proceeds going to the RIEES autism charity in Romford. The historic Pilgrimage Painting will be displayed in different venues in the borough.


Havering Council organises exciting activities and events for young people throughout the year.

Please click here to download a flyer for the new YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMME in Havering starting in January for ages 11+ which includes street dance, a youth choir, performance art and comic book art.


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