Young people make over 400 pledges to build stronger links in their local community

The Get Set to Make Change roadshow might be over but the work it inspired has only just begun, as over 2,000 Legacy Leaders – young people aged 14 to 19 years – are now fulfilling their pledges to make a change by reaching out to their local communities and delivering their exciting sport, healthy eating and healthy balanced lifestyle projects.

Incredibly, the Legacy Leaders have made over 400 pledges since the roadshow came to a close in November 2013. With the support of EdComs, they are organising a variety of activities to bring their local communities together and – in the process – are raising awareness about healthy active lifestyles, sports and disabilities.

The Triton Team Legacy Leaders from Crofton Academy in West Yorkshire pledged to build a sensory garden for the public to enjoy. Immediately after the roadshow, the team held a fundraiser to help with the costs of delivering their pledge. Now they are working to transform a disused space into a beautiful garden for the community to use.

Legacy Leaders from Hillhead High School in Glasgow pledged to introduce netball to their neighbouring junior schools. They attended a training course at the Emirates Arena where they learnt the skills to coach netball sessions and now they are using their new skills to coach junior school teams throughout their community.

EdComs enters all of the Legacy Leaders who report back on their fulfilled pledges into a monthly prize draw for the opportunity to win exclusive Olympic and Paralympic prizes. Some of the incredible prizes already won include an exclusive white water rafting experience with Olympic Gold Medallists, Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott.

Another prize was awarded to the Legacy Leaders from Prince Henry’s High School and Da Vinci Community School, who took part in ParalympicsGB’s Sports Fest, where they developed a wider understanding of Paralympic sports by trying out Boccia, Para-canoeing and Para-rowing. They picked up a few tips along the way from Paralympic multi-gold medallist, Dame Sarah Storey and Paralympic Winter Champion Kelly Gallagher.

EdComs is enormously proud of all that these young people have achieved. The Get Set to Make a Change initiative, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, has helped to reinforce the idea that young people can drive significant and positive changes in their local communities.

As Legacy Leaders continue to fulfil their pledges, more community-minded, inspirational activities will be delivered across the UK. Visit Get Set to Make a Change for more stories on the pledges and prize visits.

If you would like more information on creating compelling community engagement programmes, please email Helen Kowalski or call 0207 401 4000.

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