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Can community volunteers be powerful or influential? Lesson 3 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Active Citizenship • Lesson and support materials

Can community volunteers be powerful or influential?

This lesson is part 3 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Community volunteers or social media influencers – who has the most power and influence?

Through the exploration of five case studies, students investigate the diverse contributions of volunteers to the community, ranging from environmental initiatives to social welfare programmes. They investigate how voluntary groups wield influence in shaping public institutions’ decisions and policies through lobbying, and analyse the importance of public institutions working with voluntary groups to determine their levels of power and influence within the community. Lastly, students evaluate the Citizenship skills and concepts involved in lobbying for the community.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. In what diverse ways do volunteers contribute to the community?
  2. How do voluntary groups play a vital role in influencing public institutions?
  3. Do local voluntary groups have power and influence within a community?
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