18 March 2014

Over eighty students from Cadbury College joined 12,000 young people at Wembley Arena on Friday 7th March to celebrate social change with world-renowned speakers and performers.

The students were taking part in the very first We Day UK to celebrate the positive change young people are creating in their local and global communities. We Day is an educational event and tied to the year long We Act program, in which young people take part in community and charity projects. At Cadbury College, the students identified local charities they wanted to support, which included the Birmingham Deaf Institute, Autism West Midlands and Baverstock Young Carers Project, and fundraised through events such as cake sales and talent shows.

The WE Day UK event featured a long list of inspirational speakers and performers including Brit nominated singer songwriter Birdy, Paralympian Martine Wright and international education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Seventeen year old Kedar Gayle, who is in his second year of studying A Level Law, Business and Psychology, supported local young carers as part of his charity enrichment programme. He is part of a group that visit Baverstock Academy and provide peer support and activities for pupils who have caring responsibilities at home. Kedar said: "My community work has really opened my eyes and made me see the importance of making the most of every opportunity." Fellow student Mariah Senaa helped raised money for Fisher House, the home away from home for military patients and their families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Speaking about WE Day UK, she said: "The event was lots of fun and really motivating. It’s encouraged me to keep helping others.".

The community-minded students now have the opportunity to apply for a volunteer scholarship trip to India. Free the Children, the international charity and educational partner behind WE Day, in association with Virgin Atlantic Airways, are offering thirty young people travel to an ‘Adopt a Village’ community this summer.

Cadbury College will also host Free the Children’s Youth Summit in Birmingham on 11 July 2014. The event is for young people from Year 4 to Year 13 and will help them to find a cause they are passionate about, develop leadership and public speaking skills, and learn how they can make a difference.

First We Day UK