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Ending homelessness

Supported by Crisis and The Simon Community

The Birch Awards

The Birch Awards celebrate the incredible achievements of children and young people to help end homelessness, in support of Crisis. If you know any exceptional young supporters (or are one yourself!), nominate them for a special thank you here.

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Step one: identify the need

A safe bridge

Explore the theme of homelessness and why people could become homeless, in this interactive bridge building activity.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 60 minutes

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Would you rather?

Decide what you would do in these tricky scenarios and think about the impossible choices many homeless people face.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Safety net

Stay as close as you can to take your shot at glory, and think about the impact that choices we make have on our lives.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Step two: plan action

What do you believe?

Being homeless means more than just not having a home. Think about what this means as we look at what people believe.

Ages: 14 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Unfair rules

Choose your chair with care in this rule-changing challenge, as we see how some rules make life tough for homeless people.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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The pyramid

Build blocks into pyramids as we learn about the fundamentals of happiness, and what can happen if they’re taken away.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Walk on the wild side

Find your way back and escape the wilderness, as we see what it might be like to find yourself in unknown territory.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Kettle cooking

What can you cook with a kettle? Explore the possibilities as we learn about making meals in difficult circumstances.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Change of plan

Everything’s been planned out, but where’s the equipment? See what it’s like to lose important things that you need or take for granted.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Step three: take action

Channel your inner journalist

Channel your inner journalist as you reshape the news and narratives around homelessness and explain the solutions.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Questions for change

Start conversations in your local community and discover people’s perceptions about homelessness.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Cook for change

Cook up a storm, then bring your community together to share a meal and chat about how to end homelessness for good.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Share the invisible struggle

Get creative and show people that there’s more to homelessness than meets the eye.                                  

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Perform to inform

Take to the stage and raise awareness of issues surrounding homelessness.                                  

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 4 hours

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Step four: learn and make more change

Better together

Connect with another group, share what you’ve learned, and plan how you’ll work together to help end homelessness.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Create the next chapter

Reflect on taking action, then storyboard what more you could do to help end homelessness.                 

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Make a house pledge

Look back at what you’ve done and make a pledge that’ll help end homelessness for good.                     

Ages: 6 to 10½ | Takes: 2 hours

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Step five: tell the world

Believe and achieve

Reflect on everything you’ve learned and share a positive statement to inspire people to work towards ending homelessness.

Ages: 6 to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Themes

Protecting our environment

With a little help from our friends at WWF, we’re fighting to protect our environment by restoring thriving habitats, bringing species back from the brink, and tackling root causes such as climate change.

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Supporting refugees and displaced children

We’re partnering with Save the Children to combat stereotypes, raise awareness of the issues displaced children face, build welcoming communities, and connect with Scouts in conflict-affected areas.

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Better mental health for all

We’re working alongside Mind, SAMH and Inspire, to empower Scouts to take good care of their mental health, now and in the future.

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Understanding disability

With support from the National Autistic Society, we’re helping our young people to become advocates for inclusion and build a more considerate world.

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Kindness in every community

Supported by the British Red Cross, we’re showing kindness to those who most need it at home and overseas – and we’re encouraging others to do the same too.

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