Compassionate, creative and imaginative responses to the Covid crisis by young people are highlighted in this week’s Big Issue magazine.
Our regular magazine includes a free 24-page supplement as a schools takeover, produced with the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA). It showcases incredible work by pupils to look after each other, their families and communities through the last year. The schools all run social enterprises, learning about social business skills and making a difference in the world.
We feature 15 schools selling the magazine to raise funds for their social enterprises. It also shows how SEA is expanding internationally, working with students as far afield as Egypt, Australia and Malaysia.
Despite fear, uncertainty, ill-health and loneliness caused by the pandemic, the children identified problems. They then devised imaginative, energetic small social business projects to deal with them.
Compassionate business skills
They included creating a hot-drinks club to keep fellow pupils warm in the playground, and revitalising scrubland in school grounds for an outdoor classroom. They created a calm space in school for anyone feeling stressed, and care kits for isolating pupils and families.
Other social enterprise projects focused on communities. These included growing and planting flowers to make a nicer environment for older residents, and teaching pupils how to forge friendships with elderly care home residents with dementia. Pupils sold “hand santa-tiser” at Christmas to fund food bank donations, and made and distributed food to homeless people.