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We work in partnership with secondary schools to help young people to give their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local communities.

Our vision is to help build a new generation of motivated and switched-on young people who want to use their skills to support local charities and make the lives of others in and around their communities better.

Why we do it

Young people. We believe in young people. Their passion, creativity and determination are all positive qualities that can be harnessed for social change.​ We work to:

Ignite a spark of social conscience in young people

Develop key professional skills in young people such as: teamwork; research; public speaking and leadership

Build a culture of giving in future generations

Grow the commitment of charities to engage with young people for the good of the sector as a whole

What we do

The First Give Programme is delivered through a fully resourced scheme of work that is interactive and student-led.

Over eight lessons, the Programme encourages an entire year group of students to identify social issues in their area and engage with local charities that address them. The students will then have the opportunity to compete for £1,000 of grant money. Teams will do this by advocating for their charity in a school competition - the First Give School Final. This involves presenting to peers and judges.

The scheme of work promotes many aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education within secondary schools. It fits easily into a variety of different subject areas such as Citizenship, PSHE, RE and English.

£1,000 grant money for each school
First Give provides all the lesson plans and resources including PowerPoints, hard copy Student Coursebooks as well as £1,000 grant money for each school to award to the charity of the winning class. In addition to this, First Give will also deliver an Assembly, Presentation Skills Workshop and host the School Final in order to further engage and inspire students.

Central team

Louisa Searle


Louisa qualified as a teacher through Teach First and worked as a secondary school teacher for three years teaching English in North London. Louisa jointly launched First Give in 2014 and took over as Director in 2017.


Isaac Jones


Isaac is a fan of young people and what they can achieve when they are given the opportunity. He has worked in the charity sector since 2007 and joined First Give in August 2017.

Head of Programmes, London  

Sophie Standring


Sophie previously qualified as a secondary teacher through Teach First in a school Yorkshire, she has also worked in the charity sector in education and homelessness. Sophie joined First Give in September 2018

Programme Manager, London

Leon Ward


Leon has been working in the charity sector for ten years in England, Wales and internationally. He is also Deputy Chair of Brook, the young person's sexual health clinic. Leon joined First Give in July 2016.

Programme Manager, Wales 

Freya Shaw 


Freya is passionate about community cohesion and has worked in the area both abroad and in the UK. She’s keen to continue building a more integrated Britain through her work here at First Give.

Programme Manager, Yorkshire 

Georgia Bennett


Georgia previously worked in executive education marketing before joining the charity sector. She seeks to support and develop local charities, education and young people. Georgia joined First Give in January 2018.

Programme Officer


Eva Savage


Eva is a professional actor and voice artist, who has toured throughout the UK and Italy. She is thrilled to be able to use these skills to help young people improve their public speaking skills through the First Give programme.

Helen Kelleher


Helen has primarily been an actor for the past five years and is pleased to be using her experience to benefit young people with their public speaking skills.

Daisy Jacobs


Daisy has completed Year Here, a post-graduate course in social innovation, and now runs ‘Routes’, a social enterprise using drama and play to help female refugees in London to learn English, grow in confidence and build social connections.

Leila Saghir-Pashley


Leila was previously Programmes Manager for Stemettes, where she encouraged more girls to enter STEM. She is now a facilitator and board member for several charities, and is also setting up a charity to raise awareness of the effects of sugar on chronic illnesses.

Camilla Gordon


Camilla is a freelance facilitator working both with young people and professionals, using facilitation to create change. She is particularly interested in empowering young people to create change in their own communities and so is excited to be working with First Give.