Active Citizens


Participants from across the world taking part in a session with Castings Innovations during the 2015 International Study Visit










Voluntary Action Rotherham run the Active Citizens programme in partnership with the British Council and are currently recruiting for the 2016 programme. The free programme consists of  training  followed by social action, and an international study visit. The programme is open to anyone aged 18 and above who has an interest in community cohesion, social action, and professional / personal development.

The dates for the training this year are: 23rd, 24th August, and 1st and 2nd September here at VAR – we will be providing lunch and sessions run from 9.30am until 3pm the last session will be a dragons den where individuals (and groups) can apply for funding to run a project / social action either within the organisation they work/volunteer for or do something new. 3 of the participants will be selected to take part in the international study visit with our first choice being Pakistan and second choice being Egypt.

It is a fabulous programme and we get to meet some wonderful people from all over the world. If you need any further information please contact or

The four sessions support people to think differently about themselves, the community they live in and how they connect locally, nationally and internationally.

Session 1  – Me – Identity and culture Participants get a better understanding of the concepts of identity and culture and apply their learning to understanding the beliefs, behaviour and attitudes of themselves and other people.

Session 2 – Me and You – Intercultural Dialogue – Participants learn methods of dialogue as a tool for building empathy, trust and understanding within and across cultures.

Session 3 – Local and Global Community – We together – Participants develop an understanding of ‘community’ and its relationship with identity and culture. The group apply their learning to their own community to identify the problem they would like to address and the people they need to engage to achieve their objectives.

Session 4 – Social Action Planning- Participants focus on planning a social action initiative in their community, considering the process in different levels of detail and complexity. This involves identifying and clarifying their agenda, a specific intervention and how they will deliver it and a dragons den activity where you will be able to pitch for funding.

Active Citizens are individuals across the world who want to make a difference in their community. They are people and institutions established, trusted and valued in the community – Volunteers, staff, apprentices, religious leaders, politicians, youth workers etc. They are influential and working to improve the lives of people living in their community. Through the programme they are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to design and implement social action projects to tackle social issues in their community.


Active Citizens from across the globe meeting some of our Active Citizens in 2015

Can anyone take part? We believe each and every one of us is an Active Citizen that has a lot to offer to any community. However, this year the journey will not be easy and you will need to show a good level of commitment to complete the full learning journey and aim to make a positive contribution to your social action project. The number of active citizens we can support in 2016 will be limited so you need to apply quickly to take part.

Is it really worth it? Without a doubt! This program gives you the platform to really show what you’re capable of and make an impact in society.  You develop personal awareness, gain a sense of well-being among the community and open up access to parts of the world you may never see. Amongst all that you meet new friends and test out your ideas,  is this worth it, oh yeah!


Places can be booked here….