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Twenty minutes to change the world

Are you ready to find out more about A Million Hands and help change the world in twenty minutes?

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Twenty minutes to change the world is an online video series brought to you by young people, Scout Ambassadors, and our fantastic A Million Hands partners. Each partner will introduce their organisation, explain their theme, and bring you an exciting activity that’ll help you to make a difference in your community. Watching the video and doing the activity should take you about twenty minutes – it's okay if it takes you a little less time or a little longer.

The videos are suitable for everyone; you can take part by yourself or with your group as part of a Scouts meeting. The videos will be uploaded directly to this page and will be available to view at anytime after their initial release, so don't worry if you can't join on the day, or at the time listed below.

Once you’ve taken part and recorded your action, you’ll be in a great position to choose the theme you’d like to take action on with your group in 2021 and beyond. If you’re still finding it difficult to decide, why not try Spoiled for choice, an activity designed to help you choose your theme.  

Get ready to help us change the world!  

Record your action

Record your action to be in with a chance of winning a video message from Scout Ambassador, Ed Stafford.

Record your action

British Red Cross - 12 May, 6pm

Join British Red Cross ambassador JB Gill and his daughter Chiara, in making a kindness jar and finding out more about A Million Hands and the work of the Red Cross.

You will need:

• A clean jar (jam or sauce jars that you've washed out thoroughly work really well)
• Paper
• Coloured pens
• Items for your kindness jar for the person you are sending it to

Save the Children - 19 May, 6pm

Join comedian Dom Joly and members of Save the Children’s Youth Advisory Board, to create a poster to make refugees and displaced children feel welcome in your community. You'll hear all about how Save the Children and Scouts are working together to support refugees and displaced children through A Million Hands and how you can spread the word to get more people involved. 

You will need:

  • A big piece of paper or card
  • Some coloured pens or pencils – the brighter the better!
  • Any other craft materials you can find – such as: eco-friendly glitter, ink stamps, stencils, glue or scissors

WWF - 26 May, 6pm

Join WWF Ambassador Cel Spellman and youth ambassadors Will and Hattie, in making some seed bombs and finding out more about A Million Hands and the work of WWF.

You will need:

  • An old mixing bowl
  • Something to protect the table surface, such as newspaper or an old tablecloth
  • A packet of native British wildflower seeds (or you could collect the heads of dead wildflowers in your garden or local area)
  • Peat-free compost
  • Powdered clay (found in craft shops) or you could use clay soil or flour
  • A cup
  • A mixing spoon
  • A jug of cold water
  • Gardening gloves 
  • An apron

Crisis and The Simon Community NI - 15 June, 6pm

Join Crisis Ambassador Inel Tomlinson and young Crisis supporter Sarita, to consider the question: “What does home mean to me?”, learn more about A Million Hands and how we can work together to end homelessness.

You will need:

  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Craft materials
  • Some photos of your home and family (optional)

This activity is one you can really make your own, so bring along any items or ideas that will help you answer this question.

Safety

Scissors - Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Glue and solvents - Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

Mind, SAMH and Inspire NI - 30 June, 6pm

Join Clarise and Will from Mind’s Youth Voice Network team to create your own Wellbeing Calendar, which can help you to take care of yourself and look after your wellbeing. You’ll also learn about the 5 Ways To Wellbeing and hear some suggestions from young people to help you pick some activities to add to your calendar. All of us have mental health, just like physical health, so it’s really important that we make the time to look after it.

You will need:

  • Pencils and Pens
  • Paper or Card (various sizes)
  • A ruler
  • Craft materials (scissors, glue)
  • Coloured card, old magazines, or photos for decoration

Decorating your calendar is an opportunity to get creative and really make it your own, so feel free to use any arts or crafts supplies you’d like to use.

Safety

Scissors - Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Glue and solvents - Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed