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Why get involved with Drivers for Change?
What was your route?
The journey started in Liverpool before heading to Bradford, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Port Talbot, Bristol and London.
What is your application criteria?
We are working with young people, aged 18- 26 years old, who also fulfil the following criteria:
- Enthusiastic and passionate young people with demonstrable experience of social action (examples of social action include: fundraising, volunteering and campaigning. This could be via school, college, uni, a charity or community/faith group).
- Creative and/or entrepreneurial.
- Want to make a difference in the world but need improved networks, skills and focus to achieve their potential impact.
Where did you stay?
The accommodation was a mix of University halls and YHA youth hostels.
How did you travel?
As you might have guessed from our logo, we travelled by bus. We researched lots of different options and buses are the most cost-effective and efficient way of travelling on the journey's route.
What are the benefits of taking part?
This is a unique experience and what each participant will get out will depend on what they put in. We ask everyone to come with an eagerness to learn from their peers and a willingness to participate enthusiastically in all elements of the learning programme; this will be vital to getting maximum value from the experience.
Our commitment is that by taking part in Drivers for Change our participants will:
- Build their network and create connections with like-minded creative and entrepreneurial people from different backgrounds.
- Receive practical advice on how to develop a social enterprise, business or arts project.
- Be inspired by and connected to social leaders from across the UK.
- Get ongoing access to a peer skills exchange.
- Access mentoring opportunities.
- Receive access and signposting to seed funding opportunities.
- Get support to promote a social enterprise, business or project.
- Develop an understanding of a diverse range of social challenges around the UK.
- Meet social entrepreneurs from countries including Indonesia, Pakistan and Brazil and learn about the social challenges in those communities.
I live outside of the UK, can I apply?
We partnered with the British Council’s DICE (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) programme which is running in Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia and South Africa. We are excited to have had 18 participants from the 5 countries attend the programme.
The DICE programme takes an innovative cross-sectoral approach that draws on the UK’s experience and expertise in creative and social economies to promote and support the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
What does it cost to take part?
We're a registered charity and are working with partners to cover the majority of the costs for the journey, however, applicants are asked to commit to fundraising a £250 contribution towards their place. This is 12.5% of the actual £2,000 per-person cost of the experience. These costs include 11 nights of accommodation, all of the planning, travel, food and learning.
We believe that taking on this challenge demonstrates a commitment to the programme and an entrepreneurial spirit, however, we also understand that for some people it may be impossible to do any fundraising, for this reason, a limited number of full bursary places were made available.
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If you have a question that is not answered above please get in touch with the Drivers for Change team. We'll be happy to help you.
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Would you like to help make Drivers for Change a success? We're looking for funders, speakers and facilitators for future projects. Get in touch if you'd like to find out more about how you can help.