NCVYS is involved in a number of high profile campaigns to support collaborative approaches in the sector.
Coalition for Young People
The Coalition for Young People brings together leading national organisations that work with or represent young people. The Coalition will create a positive agenda for the empowerment, entitlement and equality of all young people. To promote its goals and set out its demands, the Coalition has produced a policy manifesto (PDF).
NCVYS is a co-founder of the Coalition for Young People. To find out more about and to join the coalition, contact Faiza Chaudary, Director of Policy and Communications at NCVYS, on T: 020 7278 1041.
Votes at 16
NCVYS supports our member the British Youth Council in their campaign to lower the voting age to 16. Over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are denied the vote in the United Kingdom. For years there has been a consistent demand from young people for Votes at 16, and a clear case for change. That case is now overwhelming.
Choose YouthNCVYS supports the campaign Choose Youth, which is seeking to arrest the decline of essential services to young people government and local authority cuts take shape. Vital services that support young people are being pulled apart by the cuts in public spending. At the centre of this new focused assault on young people’s services is the potential demolition of the youth service and youth work. They are arguing that governments at all levels should take responsibility, and that it is a false economy to cut young people’s services.
This is Abuse
For 2012, NCVYS is teaming up with the Home Office to promote the This is Abuse campaign, an initiative that was launched by the Home Office in 2010. It aims to empower young people to make the decision to avoid violent and controlling relationships.
As well as raising awareness of the issue, the campaign will help teenagers recognise all kinds of relationship abuse, and put them in touch with organisations that can help. Posters, postcards and other campaign materials are available from Charlotte Jackson.
Look, Smile, Chat
NCVYS supports our member the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) in their Look, Smile, Chat campaign. It aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by some deaf teenagers by putting hearing teenagers in the shoes of their deaf classmates and giving them simple steps to make communicating easy. Deaf children and young from the NDCS's Youth Advisory Board told them that deaf awareness was their top priority and wanted NDCS to take action. Free resources, including short films, lesson plans and posters have been created to help spread the simple steps that can make a big difference to the lives of deaf teenagers.
NCVYS is a full partner of Change4Life campaign run by the Department of Health. Change4Life is a nationwide movement designed to help people make changes to their lifestyles, so that they can eat well, move more and live longer.
End Child Poverty
End Child Poverty aims to ensure that Government meets its promise to halve child poverty by 2010 and eridicate it by 2020. Over 150 children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others are working together as the Campaign to End Child Poverty to ensure that the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK are reduced.
NCVYS is a member of the steering group for Young Equals, campaigning to get protection from age discrimination for children and young people. It is supported by many charities and individual children and young people. Young Equals is coordinated by the Children's Rights Alliance for England.
The Better Banking Campaign
The Better Banking Campaign has brought together nearly 200 organisations to call for fundamental reform of the banking system. They are calling for the introduction of four measures which will help ensure financial institutions serve the interests of all people, businesses and third sector organisations equally.
The JustRights Coalition wants to see a system of justice which gives all children and young people ready access to high quality independent legal advice and representation whenever they may need it in the course of their lives.
Localism Bill campaign
NCVYS supports NAVCA's campaign for Real Power for Communities around the Localism Act, which has been supported by DTA, Urban Forum, bassac and Community Matters. The campaign aims to make sure politicians are held to account and that power is really devolved to communities and does not stop at local government.
Health and Social Care Bill campaignNCVYS supported the campaign for the Health and Social Care Bill to do more for children and young people. A statement signed by over 15 organisations that promote the health and well-being of children and young people has expressed deep concern that the current reforms will not improve children and young people's experiences of health services, nor give them and their families a real voice in decisions about their own care.
Race Online 2012
NCVYS supported Race Online 2012, which aimed to make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web. The UK has 40 million adult internet users, with 30 million people using the web every day. However, there are 10 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet – the combined size of the entire population of our five biggest cities. Four million of those are among the most disadvantaged. They are calling for urgent action to inspire, encourage and support millions more people online by the end of the Olympic year 2012 through partnership with government, industry, charities and individuals.
Other campaigns we support
NCVYS is a supporter of the following campaigns: