What is Social Action?

Social Action is a term that has gained a great deal of traction over the last few years but what does it actually mean? It turns out that millions of us across the world take part in social action every day and don’t even know it.  This is because there are a whole plethora of terms that are often used interchangeably and that all refer to social action.

So put simply here it is:

Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It can include volunteering, giving money, community action or simple neighbourly acts. (Gov.uk). In schools it might be referred to as volunteering, active citizenship, community engagement, acts of service or simply as part of the school values, culture and ethos – just a part of what we do round here and core to the school’s offer.

The key is that it’s all about using your voice and actions in a meaningful way to bring a practical and ‘positive difference to others and the environment’ (#iwill) .  Your actions must go beyond yourself and be of benefit and service to others.

So whether you choose to volunteer, campaign or fundraise  it all fits under the umbrella of social action!

Examples of social action can include raising awareness of environmental issues such as climate change, writing to your local MP about a change that is required in your community or visiting older people in care homes. These are just a few examples of an expansive list. In this time of Covid, even smiling at someone during your daily exercise counts as social action as it helps to raise morale and aid in improving the mental wellbeing of those feeling the weight of the current circumstances.

For us at The Linking Network embedding social action into our schools linking programmes is part of helping pupils explore how to be at ease with themselves and others and find meaningful answers to the question ‘How do we all live together?

So for children and young people have a think and decide what social action you are going to undertake today. The world is always willing to embrace another social action hero and for all of as educators let’s notice what we are already doing to support our pupils to engage in social action and consider any additional ways we can enrich our pupils experiences through opportunities we offer to take action that benefits others.

To discover more opportunities for inspiring social action in the curriculum please see our curriculum resources and books sections and through our Schools Linking programmes please get in touch. To find out more about the #iwill Campaign and their work to catalyse social action just click on the link here. https://www.iwill.org.uk/about-us/youth-social-action

You can also click here to find out more about Social Action within Schools Linking

What is social action?

Here’s a short video clip explaining what social action is.