Foundation Celebrate Virgin Money Foundation #iWill Week

It’s National #iwill week, and over the past 12 months we have been delivering the #iwill project, funded by Virgin Money Foundation, in schools and community settings across Teesside.

Our fantastic programme has engaged over 800 young people since launching in January and we are delighted to report that over 45 Social Action Projects have been designed and delivered by the young people in some of our most disadvantaged communities.

Let’s take a look at some of the fine work produced over the past year!

Trinity Catholic College – We were bursting with pride when our Trinity students joined school Deputy Head, Simon Carey, on the Virgin Money Foundation stage at the Youth Social Action Event earlier this year. The students presented their ideas, talked about social action, and supported Mr Carey’s speech on promoting social action in schools, in front of over 150 professionals.


North Shore Academy – A group from North Shore Academy fundraised through a ‘Mocktail Monday’ project, to support Bridges Family Support. Bridges is a Stockton based charity supporting families and children who have been affected by substance misuse.


Hillsview Academy – Students from Hillsview Academy made sensory ‘lucky bags’ for children and young people with learning disabilities, and dropped them off at schools around Teesside. They didn’t stop there, a second group created some ‘Doggy Bag’ care hampers for a local Dog Shelter.


Archway Pupil Referral Unit – Our students from Archway PRU made us extremely proud when they organised a Local Football Derby with neighbouring PRU Pathways, and raised a fantastic £147 in aid of the MS Society. Thank you to the PCSOs from Cleveland Police who came down to referee.


Archway Pupil Referral Unit – Another shout out to our wonderful girls group from Archway PRU, who collected 25 bags of women’s clothing and dropped them off across women’s refuge centres in Teesside. Here’s a picture of the lovely Archway staff making the drop off.


Badger Hill Primary – Students from Badger Hill Primary attracted the attention of first team player Rudy Gestede who endorsed their R13 (Remember 13) programme. The campaign was to encourage families to adhere to social media age restrictions.


Abbey Hill – We loved this Mental Health ‘Emoji Pom Pom’ Project between Abbey Hill and North Shore Academy. The tool was created to assist students with learning disabilities to better understand and communicate their emotions in the classroom.