Between 21st June and 2nd July 2018 we took 81 creative and entrepreneurial young people on the first ever Drivers for Change journey. The participants were 18-26 years old, hungry to learn and motivated to create change.

During the journey we visited towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales, visiting a total of 8 locations. We met and were inspired by community organisers, artists and entrepreneurs that are driving place-based change around the country.

The participants came from all corners of the UK and 18 came from overseas, thanks to the help of the British Council. Now the group has formed a young global network, committed to driving change in their communities and we are working with them to turn their ideas into action.

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The 3 key benefits of taking part


Build connections with like-minded creative and entrepreneurial people from the UK and overseas.


Explore innovative approaches to social change that are already having an impact around the UK. 


Gain a greater understanding of how you can create social impact in your own community. 

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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

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 journey and to engage with the network beyond its end - this is vital for 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? 

This year 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 our first journey and hope we can extend our reach in further years.

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 contribution towards their place.

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.