Question: What can you do to make an impact in your community?
Someone wise once said that tiny drops of water make a mighty ocean. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to experience flooding you’ll know what they meant.
All too often the big, grand gestures in life are celebrated more than the tiny, quiet revolutions because, with the help of social media, exhibitionism is the order of the day. But what about small acts of kindness? What about small acts of resistance? What about the little everyday things we do to make an impact? What about the local over the national? The home over the away? The micro over the macro?
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and see creating change as a gargantuan uphill battle, but we at Groundwork have decided that doing something, no matter how small it may seem, is better than doing nothing at all. That’s why we’re ‘going green’ (well, greener than we already are!) on Friday 17th March 2017 and we’re encouraging you to do the same.
We’re inviting the young people in our network to make a pledge on the same day and commit to doing #JustOneThing to positively impact their communities. We hope starting with one day will make the task that little bit easier. Whether you plan to walk or cycle to school or college; bake cakes to share with friends (and strangers!); dye your hair green; volunteer at a home for the elderly; weed your neighbour’s garden; eat veggie meals all day; be more thoughtful with your use of water; or even write a blog post to raise awareness about a subject you are passionate about – we want to know!
Once you have downloaded your pledgecard by clicking here, write down your promise then get someone to take a picture of you holding the pledge card in your hands. Post the photo on Twitter and Instagram and tag us! Also use the campaign hashtags #JustOneThing and #GoGreen4Gwk . You can also email your pledge photos to our Campaigns Officer, Siana (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll share on our social media.
Don't forget to follow us on our new Twitter page (@Groundwrk_Youth) and on Instagram (Groundwork_uk) to keep updated on the campaign!