Today, hundreds of children and young people are launching their youth-led FRED campaign with the support of the Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute, an non-profit NGO set up to disseminate power within society. FRED aims to improve the lives of children and young people, enforcing the restorative justice values of Fairness – Respect – Equality – Dignity (FRED).
Fumie Izaki of Erasmus+ UK National Agency said: “We are delighted to support young people to carry out this SolidarityProject, co-funded by the European Solidarity Corps. By aiming to enhance community cohesion and launching the campaign, these participants can have their voices heard and make a difference in their local area, while building skills such as project management, communication and research.”
Dr. Theo Gavrielides, RJ4All Founder & Director said: “We are delighted to support this youth-led campaign, which finds its origin in young people’s determination to tackle some of the challenges of today’s society, such as the increase of divisions and inequalities. Spreading the principles of restorative justice, the campaign aims at celebrating diversity, as a great strength that brings us together”.
The campaign will generate thousands of high-quality volunteering opportunities through social action. It aims to create a youth movement for change from the bottom-up. The website of the campaign is officially launched today with youth- led blogs, material and unique youth opportunities for accredited training and campaigning.
Annual Youth Awards are also planned to celebrate FRED young people’s achievements and to raise awareness on current issues that matter to them. The 2020 FRED Youth Awards are titled ‘Sailing the Mayflower to Equality and
Justice’ and are themed after next year’s 400 commemoration of the sailing of the Mayflower from RJ4All’s local area, Rotherhithe. The 2020 Awards are supported by the Mayflower 400 Fund, an initiative by the United St. Saviour Charity, Southwark Council and British Land. This voluntary youth project is also supported by the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), and is led by a Youth Management Board.
Harriet, a FRED young volunteer said: “I am so happy I got the opportunity to volunteer for this project! This has definitely changed everything for me and to think that so many people are benefitting from these activities is crazy to me, and to think that I am able to open doors to young people to become the best version of themselves”.
Nick Johnson, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Surrey Docks Ward – Southwark Council said: “The FRED campaign is a testament of our young peoples’ determination for a change. We often blame them for apathy, but this youth-led initiative proves the opposite. I am delighted to support FRED and look forward to the 2020 FRED Awards celebrating 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower from our local area, taking some of the first migrants to America”.
Submissions are now open. At the end of the contest, prizes will be given to the most inspiring pieces of work for each of the four categories in the contest: visual arts, performing arts, writing and community. To express your interest email email@example.com or register at http://www.fredcampaign.org/awards-2020/
Matthew Allgood of the United St Saviour’s Charity Southwark said: “The Southwark Mayflower 400 Fund is proud to support RJ4All’s commemoration of the Mayflower voyage through a public competition for children and young people in SE16.”
Notes to Editors
Restorative Justice for All: www.rj4all.info
• FRED campaign: http://www.fredcampaign.org
• About the European Solidarity Corps The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative, which funds opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad benefitting communities and people around Europe. It has a proposed overall budget of €375.6 million until 2020. Young people from 18 to 30 years old can have the opportunity to engage with projects that make a difference while learning new skills and receiving some financial support. In the UK, the European Solidarity Corps is implemented by the Erasmus+ National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.
For more information visit: http://www.eusolidaritycorps.org.uk. For questions about the programme, please contact the European Solidarity Corps team at firstname.lastname@example.org