How does Big Change work?

In September we are aiming to raise £1.5 million for Big Change.  But, what does Big Change do, how does it work, and why is striving for Big Change important?

Doing Charity Differently

Big Change was created to think differently about the role that charity can play in catalysing positive change for young people.

We back solutions that help them to STRIVE in life, not just in exams. We do this by finding, incubating, and connecting powerful ideas to the people, funding and support that can make change a reality. Recognising that change doesn’t happen by doing more of the same, there are two key things that we do differently

Our project partners – our project partners give young people the skills, opportunities and support to thrive in life, not just in exams. All of our project partners work preventatively and systemically and we endeavour to understand and deal with root causes of problems rather than their symptoms.

Our Approach – we support big ideas at an early stage to help them prove their impact and grow. We work closely with our partners to develop and implement their plans recognising that early stage ideas often need flexible and tailored support. And that includes tapping into the energy of STRIVE and our amazing network of strivers!!


Our project partners 

Our projects do three key things:

1.Give young people the skills to believe in themselves and drive change in their own lives and the world around them (for example Voice 21, an oracy curriculum that is helping young people to communicate better)

2.Help young people access the opportunities they need to develop and grow (for example NCS’s opportunity hub, an online platform that will give 60% of teenagers in the UK access to employment and volunteering opportunities)

3.Create environments of support for young people where change is possible – often that means understanding and working with key adults including parents, teachers, social worker or guardians (for example Frontline, a graduate children’s social work programme that is bringing new talent to the profession)


Our Approach  

Big Change backs these projects at an early stage, helping them to learn, grow and prove their impact. The Big Change team help their chosen projects by finding, incubating, and connecting these powerful ideas to the people and support that can make the change they want to see, a reality.

We back powerful ideas at an early stage of their development, allowing them to learn, grow and prove their impact. This enables them to attract further funding and scale their work.

1.Potential for impact – we look for projects that have the potential to drive exponential rather than incremental change. They address a clear need or gap in the current way things are done to drive long-term, systemic change.

2.Growing organisational capacity – we help organisations to become sustainable and capable of driving impact at scale. We cover operating costs and amplify investment through connections, partnerships, and profile.

3.Impact on Young People – the core purpose of our projects is to drive positive change for young people, equipping them with the skills, experiences and opportunities to Strive to achieve success. While each project is different, all share the common goal to empower young people.

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Check out our Managing Director Essie North give an introduction to how Big Change works at the STRIVE Impact Event 2016.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our Strivers who are coming to Italy this year and helping us to raise money for Big Change, we simply could make the Big Change we want to see a reality, without your support. Watch this space for more info on how we select our projects and our project portfolio in 2016. 

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