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#iWill Act for Change Fund

Between 2018-2022, the College, alongside Renaisi, undertook the role of learning partner for the Act for Change Fund - a £3.6million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change.

About Act for Change

Act for Change was a joint initiative between  Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF), in partnership with #Iwill, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which promoted the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aimed to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future.
Renaisi and the College supported PHF, EFF and their partners to learn how best to build the strengths of young people, both for their own development and to create change in their communities. We worked closely with young people and the organisations supporting them, while also building upon existing knowledge in the sector. Our dual focus as learning partners were to examine ways in which the benefit to communities might be understood, while also exploring the effect of leading change on the development of young people’s skills, capabilities and wellbeing.


Read learning and key findings from the Act for Change fund below.

Act for Change Fund Learning Partnership: Key Messages

As the project draws to a close, the College shares helpful lessons and recommendations for funders who want to support young people in challenging inequality and nurturing the next generation of change-makers.
Download the recommendations here or watch the webinar.

Project Week Notes

In this blog, we shared initial learning and key insights coming out of the Act for Change Fund Project sessions, including exploration around community impact measurement and influence. Read notes from the project session here.