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Be the change

Plan how your group can make a positive change in your community.

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Make sure that everyone involved is aware of the content that will be discussed today and there are quiet and safe spaces for participants to go to if they need a break.
  • Check out the information below for more information on Holocaust Memorial Day.

 

How can people enact real change in their societies?

  1. Choose one (or more) of the case studies below to read together.
  2. Consider the following questions as a group as a starting point to your discussion:
    • What motivated this person or group of people?
    • What change did they want to see?
    • What actions did they take?
    • What obstacles did or do they face?
    • What were the risks of taking action?
    • What were the benefits of taking action?
    • Were they successful?

Make a plan

  1. Everyone should talk about how we can make the world a better place. These questions may help you identify how you could make that a reality:
    • Who is discriminated against or persecuted because of their identity in British society today?
    • Are there any groups in your local community who face prejudice or hatred?
    • What practical steps can you take to help? This might include raising awareness, building relationships, finding ways to make people stop and think.
  1. Everyone should think about how to take action, and start to make a plan. You could write notes or draw pictures. Some ideas of actions you could take are below, but you can also think of your own:
    • Share the life stories you have learnt about during this activity.
    • Spread the word – in person and online – about situations that risk becoming genocides, or identity-based violence around the world.
    • Research situations in the UK and the wider world that need your help. What can you do? For example: raise money, promote your cause, do a collection of clothes or toiletries for people in need, sign petitions, write letters, participate in or organise a march.

Reflection

This activity was about helping your community by creating opportunities to make a change and feeling more connected to other people. What is the end goal that you want to achieve? Think about who will benefit from your plan – raising awareness and sharing knowledge helps everyone.

This activity also reminded everyone that they’re a citizen. Refugees and displaced people aren’t always able to share their stories or the facts about their situation, so it’s really important that people who can speak out use their voices to share the truth. Do you think people have a responsibility to share the truth when lots of people are confused or misinformed?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

This activity can be led by you or someone else in Scouts