Making a difference to society

The Make a Difference Challenge is a child-led social action programme that empowers some of our youngest citizens. It provides them with an opportunity to identify and research a social or environmental issue that they feel passionate about, then make a difference to this through awareness raising, fundraising or taking practical action.

The Make a Difference Challenge programme uses Belle Wallace's TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context) Wheel which provides an excellent context for meaningful SMSC learning, pupil voice and character development.

The project enables primary aged children to get a real understanding of the issues communities face, and take the lead in making a difference to them. They learn to empathise with those who are disadvantaged, recognise the role of government, voluntary groups and charitable organisations and consider the part they can play in bringing about positive change.

The impact of the Make a Difference Challenge

The Make a Difference Challenge is a programme that informs and empowers young people how to create change within their community. It has been running for more than a decade and has produced incredible stories of young people’s generosity and resilience.

In 2018-2019, 62 schools and over 2,400 pupils from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Durham, Leeds, London, Northern Ireland and Surrey took part and made a difference to causes they cared passionately about.

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