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What is #WeWill?

The Ormiston #WeWill youth social action campaign aimed to empower young people across the Ormiston network and non-Ormiston schools to build relationships and share best practices. Our overall aim was to ensure that young people would drive and determine action and staff would ensure young people were given the skills to succeed, and the chance to engage with other young people to share and develop practice across the country.


We also wanted to enable schools outside of the Ormiston network to start up or scale up meaningful, high-quality, social action. In order for successful YSA delivery to take place, we wanted to share our approach as widely as possible and encourage other schools, academies, and MATs to replicate our approach by using a new extensive, education-focused social action toolkit. By testing and refining a range of ambitious approaches across our network – approaches specific to the education sector—we believed we could create a compelling and practical social action resource. The resource was intended to make social action programme development and implementation as easy as possible for other schools.


Throughout the programme the Ormiston Trust team worked with all core partners and external schools to ensure that, as far as possible, they aligned their delivery to complement the YSA guiding principles. By the end of the current #WeWill YSA programme, 148 schools, involving over 12,500 students from primary and secondary schools took part in over 100 projects which focused on addressing issues regarding the environment, poverty, wellbeing, resilience, health and safety, community cohesion and inclusion and diversity.