Our Mission:

To inspire young people to be creative and entrepreneurial, and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.




We inspire, upskill and connect young people that are passionate about community-led social change.


A journey to creative social action 

We want to inspire young people to develop projects that address a community need. We kick-start this process with a unique journey, packed full of project visits, workshops and talks that explore the different approaches to positive social change that are happening in the UK.

100 change drivers

As a result of the journey, the participants build a vibrant network, acquire new skills and get buckets of inspiration. They return to their communities inspired and ready to play their part in creating social change

A connected community supporting each other to succeed 

Connected to each other and connected with those who hosted our visits to their towns and cities, the network can now go on to create the change they want to see. Our team provides them with ongoing support in areas such as business planning and personal development, and partnerships provide pathways to further development opportunities. Being part of this connected community means that the ideas for social enterprises, campaigns and community projects developed by the group have the best chance of success.



 Impact data

We're in the process of gathering more impact data from the 2018 journey. Our anecdotal feedback has been brilliant (check out some of our participant's happy tweets below!) and we have some initial stats back from the journey - keep reading!

We're keen to build on this initial data with additional information about what the participants go on to do in the next year as a result of taking part in the programme and joining the network. We'll also be closely working with the group over the coming year to support their ideas. Our objective is to help each participant on an individual level and help them to map their own pathway. This means that success is defined by the group as each of them has their own way they want to create change. Roughly speaking, the mix of the group is one-third aspiring social entrepreneurs, one-third campaigners and issue champions and one-third social impact career starters.

Please check back soon for an update!

Headline stats


feel they will be a better leader as a direct result of taking part in Drivers for Change


feel their communication and storytelling skills improved because of the journey


agree or strongly agree that they will create a larger social impact because of Drivers for Change


agree or strongly agree to feeling more able to create lasting change


agree or strongly agree that their confidence in their leadership ability has grown because of Drivers for Change


feel that they are better equipped to become a purpose-driven leader

Stats taken from Akou Impact Report 2018.

Outside Westminster Abbey on our final day
Drivers for Change arrive in Liverpool
Drivers for Change visit Edinburgh
Working outside in York on Drivers for Change social enterprise projects

theory of change

Our theory of change explains how the journey provides skills, inspiration and networks.

We'll be measuring our impact along the way and once the journey is over we'll continue to measure our impact over a period of a year. This will give us a true understanding of what the lasting impact of the journey is on specific UK communities and the individuals that took part.