"Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities and shape their future.It can include volunteering, giving money, community action or simple everyday neighbourly acts".
Social Action: Harnessing the potential discussion paper Cabinet office June, 2015.
Social Action activities go beyond volunteering and skills learning; it is where people help others in need and learn about social issues in local and global communities.
At The Benjamin Foundation, we provide the people we support with hope, opportunity, stability and independence to provide individuals a chance to be the person they want to be.
Our Social Action activities offer people opportunities:
to learn new skills that enable them to address social issues they face in their community for a sustainable future
to use their talents to empower themselves to make positive choices about their future
to get involved in the decision making on social issues
To keep up to date with all things social action follow our facebook page: Social Action: The Benjamin Foundation.
Butterfly Butties lunch club flies into King's Lynn
To date, weekly lunch club 'Butterfly Butties', in King's Lynn, has welcomed six regular volunteers and around 66 young people. They have participated in community activities as part of the project, spending around 3-8 hours each week to develop their lunch club from its original concept, right the way through to the regular running of the group.
Butterfly Butties has been set-up to tackle loneliness and isolation in the local area by bridging the intergenerational gap that impacts the lives of many communities. We have made our pledge to the In Good Company campaign to ensure that no senior citizen or young person alike in the local area has to feel alone #NoLonelyDay.
Our lunch club is now developing into something quite different from the original concept. We are making it mobile and sharing all of the young volunteers achievements and successes with lots more people across Kings Lynn.
Our young volunteers have undergone lots of training and, as a result, prepare and cook lunches, share conversation with their visitors, and plan and host various intergenerational focused activities. The young volunteers will very soon have their own garden area at a local community centre to plant and grow fresh fruit and vegetables. This will also provide an opportunity for the generations to come together and visit the area in one of their activities.
This Social Action opportunity has provided the young volunteers with a further understanding of the impact that isolation and loneliness can have upon someones health and wellbeing. Many have openly admitted feeling lonely in their own lives, therefore they have real empathy and hope to make a positive difference in their community by bringing people together where even a simple 'hello' can make all the difference!
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Butterfly Butties has been approved for the In Good Company Quality Mark.
'The In Good Company panel of partners were really impressed with the work that you are doing to tackle loneliness in Norfolk'.