THIS LENT STAY siLENT FOR A CHANGE

Let’s speak up with silence! Stand in solidarity with young people who don’t have a voice and join siLENT 2019!  

Thank you for considering siLENT for your Secondary School. We want to make your siLENT journey easy and stress free, so here you will find everything you need for you and your students to kick start your siLENT journey this Lent. 

We think Lent is such a great time to try something different, so why not silence? Take time to give up the things that fill life with noise and restlessness. By staying silent, you and your students are standing in solidarity with young people who don’t have a voice, for whom silence isn’t a choice. 

HELP REACH A MILLION A ‘Million Minutes of Silence’ is a really simple idea - each minute is sponsored to raise money for projects supporting young people. Throughout Lent 2019 schools, parishes, communities and individuals will help clock up a million minutes of silence!

HOW YOUR SILENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

 Jimmy Mizen

Jimmy Mizen

The streets of the UK can be a dangerous place. In 2008, Jimmy Mizen was killed in a violent attack. Every year, hundreds of teenagers are killed or injured by broken bottles, guns and knives. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time for an urban revolution. Million Minutes is working with the For Jimmy charity, supporting them to speak to young people about keeping safe, reconciliation and peace. With Million Minutes’ support, For Jimmy can support young people like Amy who was inspired by the charity to set up her own event based on her personal journey of being a disabled young person in Lewisham. 

 Amy at her event

As Amy’s interaction with the Mizens grew so did her personal connection with the charity. Amy admired the way in which the Mizen's turned their negative narrative into an impactful one. At her event Amy was able to inform others about her disability from a young person's perspective.

Your sponsorship will support people like Amy to change their lives and their world.

Ideas of how to take part

  • A collective silence in school/groups - e.g. a silent assembly, or an hour for the whole school

  • 24 hours straight. Choose a date in Lent (6 March-20 April), and start getting sponsored.

  • A Silent Relay - commit to staying silent in a ‘relay’. e.g.  you could stay silent for the whole school day and ‘pass’ the silence on class to class.

  • No Phone or Social Media - Instead of spending all those hours online, ask your students or give it up for Lent, and then spend just half an hour a day in silence (and an hour on Good Friday and Holy Saturday). It adds up to 24 hours.

Get started with siLENT

1. Sign up and let us know how you or your community are taking part.
2. You'll then be invited to set up your online fundraising.
3.  You can still do it the old fashioned way. Download the siLENT sponsor form
4. Get sponsored by text. Share details with others: To donate £5, text LENT24 £5 to 70070. (You can donate £1/ £2/ £3/ £4/ £5/ £10).

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LETS CHANGE THE STATISTICS: In the UK the average young adult spends 80 minutes a day on social media. Over the 40 days of Lent that's more than 2 entire days. Imagine what your students could do with that time by switching off and spending time in silence, and time with their family and friends. Real people, real time. Join us and start fundraising now.

Sign up now!

Sponsor our silent 40 participants here

USE OUR SCHOOL RESOURCES: Our resources are designed to enhance your schools' siLENT journey. We’ve included all the information you need and a range of activities, posters and sponsorship forms that you can use with your students in the classroom.

At Million Minutes we’re inspired and challenged by Catholic social teaching (CST). It lies at the heart of what we’re trying to do. At its centre is the basic concept of the dignity and equality of each human person. Please familiarize yourself with the principles and watch our animation here:  millionminutes.org/CST