Get Up and Gold!

Get Up and Gold!

Take the challenge, help to create a gold-standard world

What's it about?

The coronavirus pandemic has created an epic challenge for young people.
Will you stand in solidarity with them by taking on a challenge of your own?

Twelve months ago, the world turned upside down.
Suddenly, everything changed.  We began doing everything differently: less travelling, gathering and spending; more shopping locally, connecting with our neighbours and spending time on screens!  We don't know how long this will last.  Nor do we have much idea what ‘normal’ will look like on the other side.

We caught a glimpse of a better world.
We've found that a lot of the changes have been good: the cleaner air, community spirit, flexible working, less commuting, more baking, less waste and more cycling.  We discovered that we all have a vision for a stronger, healthier, happier world.

But we've also found it tough.
We've all felt the impact of this global crisis.  We've experienced isolation, grief and rapid change.  We've seen businesses close and unemployment rise.  We've discovered the depth of inequalities and divisions in our society.  Every one of us has been affected in some way.

For many young people, it's been devastating.
They've experienced a complete rewrite of the future they were expecting.  Losing hope, as opportunities disappear and possibilities fade, has further damaged their already fragile mental health.  On top of all this...

They are the generation who will have the central role in ‘building back better’.
Building that gold-standard world we've discovered a vision for is going to be a huge challenge - a challenge that we all need them to be ready for.

Will you stand in solidarity with young people and help them to meet the challenges they're facing?

Take the Get Up and Gold challenge!

The challenge

Join us in making March 2021 a month of action, declaration and celebration!

We're taking action - embracing challenges of our own to show solidarity with young people who are taking on the challenges of a post-Covid 19 world.  We're making a declaration of our support, by sharing our challenges online.  We're celebrating the young people we work with and all that young people everywhere contribute to our communities.

Your challenge, your way

It's simple!  Just think of a gold-themed activity you’d like to try and complete it!  You might want to wear gold for a week, bake a Golden Syrup cake, walk a Golden Retriever, build a stack of Golden Wonder crisps, or attempt to beat a gold-medal-winning runner’s time.  It's totally up to you!

As you'll create your own, unique challenge, you can Get Up and Gold anywhere, anyhow, anytime.  Your challenge can be mental, physical or creative.  You can start and finish whenever you like between 1st and 31st March.  As long as you’re safe and socially-distanced, you can take your challenge in your living room, online, in the garden, at the park - wherever it works.  It’s about you having fun, using your talents and imagination and making a difference.  All you have to do is choose a challenge, pay £10 to register and sign up.

Get Up and Gold challenges      

You might like to try...

  • The Goldilocks challenge - let someone give you an at-home haircut
  • The Gold Rush challenge - beat your running/cycling PB
  • The Golden Cuppa challenge - throw a tea bag into a mug within 3 attempts
  • Walking 10 miles with a Golden Retriever
  • Juggling Golden Delicious apples
  • Breaking a gold-medal record (an old one!)
  • Doing a dance-a-thon to some golden oldies
  • Wearing something gold every day for a week/month!
  • Cooking a Golden Syrup meal - 3 courses, using syrup in each
  • The Tower 55 challenge - building a 30cm stack of Golden Wonder crisps

Share, share, share!

Once you've decided on your challenge, let us know what you're going to do.  Share photos/videos on social media, tell people this is your act of solidarity and use #YPAreGold to highlight the value of young people and the role they play in creating a better future for us all.

We think you're a gold star - and we want the world to know it!

We want to tell the world that you're making a difference, so everyone who signs up will get a ‘Worth My Weight in Gold’ wristband.  If you sign up to fundraise for us as well, you’ll also be awarded a specially designed, eco-friendly Get up and Gold medal!

Register now!

Make a difference

Have you noticed how young people are represented?

When you look at the news, social media or even just hear everyday conversations, people are encountering and sharing negative stories about young people.  Somehow, they start life as precious children, worth their weight in gold, but then become seen as problems to be fixed, issues to be dealt with.

The reality is that many young people undertake incredible challenges, achieve amazing things and make a massive contribution to the world. We want people to realise that they’ve been hearing half a story, to discover the other half of the picture and to begin rethinking their perceptions.

Get Up and Gold helpIn reality...

Things have been tough for young people lately.  Their chances in education, prospects in employment and probability of equality have all been damaged.  When you add this to the widespread media negativity about young people, it's not surprising they become frustrated and disillusioned about their value.  They feel alienated from wider society and we lose out on their passion, enthusiasm and energy.

We all need this generation to be full of hope, vision and motivation to pursue a better world and we have the power to make that happen.

We can help them grow into people who believe dreams can be achieved, who feel part of something bigger than themselves, who can see possibilities for a brighter future, who know that they're worth their weight in gold.

By signing up, you're investing in young people

null If 500 people sign up for £10, we could:
> Provide 250 sessions of mentoring for young people at risk of not flourishing
> Recruit and train 50 volunteer mentors
> Run 100 mental health workshops for young people

If 1,000 people sign up for £10, we could:
> Run a school holiday meal programme for a year, providing 1500 hot meals to low-income families
> Provide refreshments and craft materials for 650 youth club sessions

If 350 people raise £100 sponsorship, we could:
> Employ a full-time senior youth work for 1 year, to respond to significant safeguarding issues and provide specialised support for particularly vulnerable young people

You're helping to develop young people's passions and abilities

null If 500 people sign up for £10, we could:
> Run 2 weekly cooking clubs - 1 for young people and 1 for adults - for a year
> Run 4 peer mentoring training courses, equipping 40 young people to support and invest in other young people
> Run a residential (e.g. camping) for 10 young people to develop communication and relationship skills

If 1,000 people sign up for £10, we could:
> Run 5 special interest projects (such as art, music, bike maintenance, drama) to expand young people's horizons
> Buy litter-pickers, gloves and other equipment for young people to undertake 100 social action projects

If 500 people raise £100 sponsorship, we could:
> Cover the total costs of providing long-term support (6 years) for 20 young people
> Run 2 social enterprises, offering skills development, work experience and employment opportunities to young people
> Employ 2 full-time youth workers for a year to build supportive relationships and run positive activities with marginalised young people

And you're highlighting positive stories about young people

nullIf 500 people sign up, we will see #YPAreGold posted on social media at least 500 times and at least 5,000 people will see a positive message about young people

If 1,000 people sign up, we could get #YPAreGold trending on Twitter

If 1,000 people share one of our positive stories about young people, at least 10,000 people will see a social media post about young people's achievements, contributions and creativity.

So, sign up!  Join us!  Get Up and Gold for a better world!

Get involved

Join a movement of change-makers

When you register to Get Up and Gold, you’re making change happen.  By taking and sharing your challenge, you’re stretching yourself, bringing a bit of sunshine to those around you and investing in a movement of change-makers.  What's not to love?

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Click here to register
  2. Tell us about your challenge
  3. Set up a fundraising page and ask people to sponsor you
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share your photos or videos with us and your friends and followers