Social Action Week 2021

Social Action Week is your opportunity to get out into your local community to really make a change for the world around you. You will be working with a charity of your choice to proactively raise money as well as contribute directly to the cause through social action. Social Action Week is now in its 4th year, taking place from 7th June until the 11th June. 

In two teams within your tutor group, you have been set the challenge to raise £200 as a minimum for a chosen charity.

On Monday 7th June, you will watch a video from the Unloc team on what social action is, the good and the difference it makes.

In teams you will then have to create a project plan that highlights how you are going to reach your fundraising target. The project plan will outline your preparation, your execution and evaluation once you have reached the minimum target.

Watch this video to see highlights from previous years.

Preparation - Week Commencing 24th May

Ahead of Social Action Week itself, please complete the two tasks below so that you are as prepared as possible before the 7th June. By completing these tasks, you will be ready to make a big difference!

Task 1 - Understanding Social Action

Social Action is a term that has gained a great deal of traction over the last few years but what does it actually mean? It turns out that millions of us across the world take part in social action every day and don’t even know it.  This is because there are various terms that are often used interchangeably and that all refer to social action.

Watch the video and consider:

  1. What the term ‘social action’ means
  2. What ways a person can participate in social action
  3. Researching any groups or organisations who promote social action on an ongoing basis

Task 2 - Charities

Research at least three charities that you think you might be interested in helping to make a difference. They can be any charity; local, national, or international. Below are links to some of the charities that previous Hills students have chosen to help. These are just some examples, you can research any charities of your choice.

Here are some key questions for you to consider:

  • Who/what does the charity support?
  • Do you have a personal connection to the charity or their cause?
  • How much of an impact can you / your group have if you were to work with them?
  • Will the charity help you to support them? e.g. providing branded resources
  • How might you raise money and actively support the cause? You should consider being COVID-safe, including social distancing.

On Monday 7th June...

… you will be physically in college attending a tutor session to plan and prepare for the week ahead. This will be with your normal tutor, another member of Hills staff, or someone from the Unloc team. We will tell you everything you need to know in this session. 

Your Challenge!

Watch this video with your tutor group on Monday 7th June to learn about your challenge before you get started with your preparations. 

We can’t wait to see how you make a difference and an impact for your chosen charity.

 

Team Roles

Take a look at the roles below and decide who in your team is best placed to carry out each of the team roles. You will be asked about this in the Project Plan form below.

Project Manager

  • Good communicator
  • Good leader
  • Able to delegate
  • Able to motivate their team

Project Plan Team

  • Understanding of project
  • Knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Good researcher
  • Good collaborative worker

Communication Team

  • Knowledge of communication platforms
  • Able to download and store project evidence

Presenting Team

  • Creative writer
  • Able to write a script
  • Confident speaker
  • Able to delegate (everyone in the team needs to contribute to the pitch!)

Fundraising Team

  • Problem Solver
  • Team player
  • Good time management
  • Able to identify fundraising activities

Project Plan to be completed no earlier than Monday 7th June

This form is to be completed (one per team) during your Monday tutor session. Please ensure you read the Covid-19 guidelines carefully before undertaking any activities.

During The Week

#HillsSocialAction

Let the world know about your efforts by posting photos (at least a few times a day) of your activities and achievements and using the hashtag #HillsSocialAction. We will be monitoring this hashtag feed throughout the week and engaging with you!

Please contact either your college or Stacey (stacey@unloc.org.uk) from the Unloc Team if you are having any problems or challenges during the week.

Prepare Your Presentation

On Friday you will be presenting in your tutor groups via Teams. You should prepare your presentation during the week and attend your Friday session ready to present. Remember, there are awards and prizes up for grabs so make sure you spend good time on this in the week.

On Friday 11th June...

You will be sent information via Email/Teams to join a digital tutor session where you will be presenting your pitches. You will also need to submit the following form below with your group information and total money raised. Please make sure this is updated Friday before your presentation!

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Most creative and innovative project – decided by Hills Road staff
  • Project most linked to the cause – decided by Hills Road staff
  • Most money fundraised –  awarded by the Unloc Team
  • Group showing the best teamwork – decided by Hills Road staff
  • Best social media campaign – decided by the Unloc Team

Celebrating Your Success!

Social Action Week 2021 has come to a close and we are overwhelmed by not only the amount that you have raised but the astounding effort and motivation you had for supporting a cause beyond yourselves. A huge well done to everyone involved!

A tremendous £51,545 was raised collectively!

It can’t be said enough how proud we all are of you and your fantastic efforts to raise money and awareness throughout the week. Congratulations to all of you. Attached below are the nominees for the different categories alongside personal shout outs from your Social Action Week staff leaders too.