Fixers is a charity which supports young people to run their own social action projects across the UK. Since we began in 2008 we have supported around 13,000 young people to take action on more than 1,500 projects. Fixers come from many different backgrounds, interests and life experiences and address a wide variety of issues. They are led by a desire to act on an issue that is important to them, which may follow a personal experience or a desire to help others. Central to each and every Fixer project, however, is a commitment to make a lasting difference for other young people and local communities. Many Fixers have had an adverse personal experience (for example homelessness, cyber-bullying or self-harm), and are using their project to help others in a similar situation.
What’s unique and exciting about Fixers is that the young people are at the forefront of their projects, they address their own priorities and their projects often have longer-term impacts. A recent independent evaluation of Fixers highlighted that young people and stakeholders talk with enthusiasm about the social impact of Fixers’ projects. A key outcome of the report is the role Fixers plays in giving young people a voice, allowing them to speak out about ‘their issues’ in their own way. For many this changes attitudes towards young people and can motivate others to use their voice to effect positive change.
Did you know?
- Fixers was founded in 2008 and works with young people in every post code across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Fixers are aged between 16-25, however anyone can be involved in supporting a Fixers project
- We work on issues that are important to young people and not prescribed by the organisation
- Our Fixers are award winners and record breakers. Several Fixers have won Diana awards for inspiring the lives of others and feature in the Guinness Book of Records for breaking the record for the most heart-shaped hand gestures at any one time Others have gone on to set up their own charities and become recognised experts on their issue.
- Fixers meet MPs and Peers in the House of Lords to tell them about their campaigns and ask for changes to legislation
- Fixers appear on national and local news and have featured in articles for the Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, Look and Closer magazines
- Fixers help to create and make their own educational resources, including films, websites, pamphlets, e-books, posters, leaflets and songs
- We work with lots of organisations involved in supporting and caring for young people and often direct young people to other services for help
- Any organisation can apply to use our resources and share them
- We were nominated in the ‘UK’s Best Charity’ category at the National Lottery awards 2014