Big Change

Big Change funds youth projects that make a big difference to young lives.

The Organization Bio

The Organization Bio

Founders:
Holly Andrewes
Sam Branson
Isabella Branson
HRH Princess Beatrice York
Sam Richardson
Phil Nevin
Founders:
Holly Andrewes
Sam Branson
Isabella Branson
HRH Princess Beatrice York
Sam Richardson
Phil Nevin
Established:
2012
Established:
2012
Headquarters:
UK
Headquarters:
UK
Countries Active:
UK and international
Countries Active:
UK and international

Big Change's mission is to change the way we support the next generation.

As a social impact accelerator, they back big ideas that set young people up to thrive in life, not just exams.

Big Change finds, funds, and supports the best and brightest new ideas and projects capable of driving positive system change for young people.

System Change is defined as a shift in the way that a community makes decisions about policies, programs, and the allocation of its resources - and, ultimately, in the way it delivers services, such as education and mental health support, to its citizens.

Through Big Change’s wonderful network of organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals, they are able to identify unacceptable gaps for young people in our society to help them thrive - whether it is communication skills, leadership, employability or mental health support.

Big Change then supports the innovative projects that address these gaps most effectively, and have the power to unlock the potential of young people.

All of Big Change's project partners work preventatively, addressing root causes of problems rather than symptoms. They back a diverse portfolio of projects, recognising that change is not driven by one element alone.

Currently Big Change is focusing on projects that deliver impact in three key areas:

Exclusions from school

Vulnerable children should be supported not excluded from school. Exclusion leads to long-term difficulties such as unemployment and mental health issues. This cycle also leads to statistics like 1 in every 2 prison inmates being excluded from school in the past. Big Change back projects like The Difference who break this cycle.

Early years engagement

Our brains are 85% developed by the time we turn 5. Big Change and project partners like Easy Peasy recognise the importance of improving engagement for young children at home so that they’re not left behind when they start school.

Teacher wellbeing

Our children thrive when they have happy and healthy teachers who feel supported to cope with the stresses of their crucial job. Teachers are fast becoming the most stressed work force in the UK. Big Change back projects like Institute of Teaching who support teachers with specialist training.

The Big Change model really works. Here are some examples of projects that Big Change is already supporting and who are making big impact:

Voice 21

Over 3 years Big Change supported Voice 21 to provide essential education surrounding oracy. As a result of Big Change funds, oracy has become a hot topic in education and Voice 21 has a national and international reputation as one of the leading experts in the field.

Frontline

Big Change granted funds to Frontline to enable them to train 1000 social workers to better provide for the 500,000 UK children in care by 2020.

Reclaim

Big Change helped Reclaim to work towards ensuring that no matter the postcode, working class young people can fulfil their leadership potential. Over 10,000 young people have interacted with Reclaim between 2016 and the end of 2017.

Big Change's mission is to change the way we support the next generation.

As a social impact accelerator, they back big ideas that set young people up to thrive in life, not just exams.

Big Change finds, funds, and supports the best and brightest new ideas and projects capable of driving positive system change for young people.

System Change is defined as a shift in the way that a community makes decisions about policies, programs, and the allocation of its resources - and, ultimately, in the way it delivers services, such as education and mental health support, to its citizens.

Through Big Change’s wonderful network of organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals, they are able to identify unacceptable gaps for young people in our society to help them thrive - whether it is communication skills, leadership, employability or mental health support.

Big Change then supports the innovative projects that address these gaps most effectively, and have the power to unlock the potential of young people.

All of Big Change's project partners work preventatively, addressing root causes of problems rather than symptoms. They back a diverse portfolio of projects, recognising that change is not driven by one element alone.

Currently Big Change is focusing on projects that deliver impact in three key areas:

Exclusions from school

Vulnerable children should be supported not excluded from school. Exclusion leads to long-term difficulties such as unemployment and mental health issues. This cycle also leads to statistics like 1 in every 2 prison inmates being excluded from school in the past. Big Change back projects like The Difference who break this cycle.

Early years engagement

Our brains are 85% developed by the time we turn 5. Big Change and project partners like Easy Peasy recognise the importance of improving engagement for young children at home so that they’re not left behind when they start school.

Teacher wellbeing

Our children thrive when they have happy and healthy teachers who feel supported to cope with the stresses of their crucial job. Teachers are fast becoming the most stressed work force in the UK. Big Change back projects like Institute of Teaching who support teachers with specialist training.

The Big Change model really works. Here are some examples of projects that Big Change is already supporting and who are making big impact:

Voice 21

Over 3 years Big Change supported Voice 21 to provide essential education surrounding oracy. As a result of Big Change funds, oracy has become a hot topic in education and Voice 21 has a national and international reputation as one of the leading experts in the field.

Frontline

Big Change granted funds to Frontline to enable them to train 1000 social workers to better provide for the 500,000 UK children in care by 2020.

Reclaim

Big Change helped Reclaim to work towards ensuring that no matter the postcode, working class young people can fulfil their leadership potential. Over 10,000 young people have interacted with Reclaim between 2016 and the end of 2017.

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