Change Squad

UK Youth’s Change Squad programme inspires young people to give back to their local communities.

The programme provides 150 Change Squad teams with up to £400 of funding to enable them to start their social action journey. Through the programme, young people are empowered to create, develop and deliver inspiring projects that they believe address local issues - helping them to grow, learn and practice vital life skills and have a voice in their community. 

These social action ideas and projects take many shapes from turning junk into musical instruments and hosting local sports days to organising litter picks and facilitating language swaps. All Change Squad projects help support the development of young people while also providing dual benefits to the local community. 

We want to inspire young people, who most likely haven’t been involved in social action before, to get involved and build a bright future together. 

Change Squad is open now so why not sign up and join the social action movement today?

Help champion young people to reach out and make a difference to the lives of others.  

To be eligible to be part of Change Squad, you must:

  • Be based in the South West, South East, London, North West, North East, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions of the UK
  • Be either from a rural or disadvantaged area
  • Have two Squad Leads aged 12-20
  • Be able to recruit at least 10 other young people in their Change Squad


To inspire and upskill your squad complete our free, bite-sized training here. This will help young people come up with an idea, complete an application and deliver their project confidently.

In addition to the £400 funding for the social action project, youth workers can also claim £200 for their time facilitating and empowering Change Squad teams to develop their ideas and make projects happen.

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications. Please feel free to apply for funding and we will put you on the waiting list and get back to you to notify you if your application has been accepted.

All projects must be completed by 19th June 2017. All relevant documents for the project must be sent to us by 26th June to claim the unrestricted £200 funding.  




To find out more:

Contact for more information

Change Squad is co-funded by the Cabinet Office and The Pears Family Charitable Foundation.



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