Million Minutes is a charity enabling youth action and advocacy activities that give voice and support to young people (aged up to 25) to transform their lives and their world. That's because young people's energy and vibrancy is astonishing. We have faith in young people. We see a world in which young people enable the transformation needed for everyone to live a life of dignity.
So we're inviting young people and those who support them to create a million minutes of silence as an expression of solidarity and as a way to raise money. The money will be used to provide grants for new and existing projects throughout England and Wales as well as overseas.
Million Minutes is working in Catholic Parishes and local communities to empower them to support young people at risk of falling through the gaps. This project is bringing together the insights of experienced Catholic youth workers and draws on the extraordinary creativity of Frank Cottrell Boyce, the work and vision of Fr Christopher Jamison OSB, and Baroness Sheila Hollins’ knowledge of young people in crisis. We're working with a broad collaboration of partners, including Caritas Westminster.
Hundreds of young people, youth workers, teachers and supporters from across England and Wales, gathered in London’s Leicester Square on 1 July 2015, for the inaugural Celebrating Young People Awards. They were welcomed by Baroness Hollins, who earlier in the day had hosted some of the young people at the House of Lords for high tea and a set of workshops to support them in their work for social justice. The 2016 awards, also supported by St Mary’s University, Twickenham were hosted at the Barbican in London. Find out more about the award recipients here!
Lex Kearney ran away from home when he was 16. After working a series of jobs and crashing on friends’ foors, Lex found himself out of options. One of the projects Million Minutes supports is a scheme for young people like Lex who are homeless. Working with the Cardinal Hume Centre, young people are given somewhere to live and the help of a dedicated mentor. We also work closely with YCW and For Jimmy.
Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College is just one of the many schools who have gone siLENT to experience what effect silence can have on their lives, and raise money to make a difference to young across the UK. Each day there are lots of activities like Sacred Silence in the Chaplaincy in the morning and phoneless Fridays for 6th formers. One student said "The silence has made me feel relaxed and at peace and I found it easy to do. It has made me be able to think about the good things/people I have in my life and to cherish them and not take them for granted." Get involved here!