Our vHeroes - see who supports us
Pop and R'n'B superstar Tinchy Stryder is one of our long term supporters. He has worked with us on countless campaigns to get young people volunteering, including our Goji Collective partnership. He can also be found making public announcements to get people voting for our National Awards.
"I think the vInspired National Awards are a good thing and I am happy to be involved. The work the volunteers are doing to help their community is really positive."
Rap artists Wretch 32 has been an avid supporter of our charity work. We even got him out volunteering at Christmas with 4Music, teaching young people in Bristol how to make their own tunes and vocalise feelings through song.
"The vInspired National Awards are a really positive way of celebrating young people's achievements in volunteering and I'm really pleased to be involved. The work these young people do for others and for their local communities is incredible!"
The Reverse Riots campaign was about reversing the growing negativity towards young people that was illustrated during the riots of summer 2011. Headed up by our Do Something programme, we invited young people to share positive messages on the anniversary of the riots, and got a whole host of celebrities involved including Paloma Faith, Reggie Yates, MODESTEP and David Haye!
In the run-up to Christmas, 4Music aired a series of five short films culminating in a whopping stand alone two hour show. The short films followed UK celebrities - including chart topping British rapper Wretch 32, boyband Lawson, radio DJ and presenter Goldierocks and presenting duo Rickie and Melvin - as they volunteered at local charities.
David Cameron, Prime Minister
The UK Prime Minister has made no secret of his support. In the past he has backed vInspired campaigns such as Do Something UK's Reverse Riots, and believes that we should do more as a nation to recognise the dedication and hard work people devote to their communities.
"I'm pleased to see vInspired highlighting the good work that young people are doing in Britain and working with youth role models to encourage them to do something positive. It's important to give all young people the chance to become involved in their community and do something positive, so I wish vInspired every success in their campaign."
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has expressed admiration and support for the work we do reaching out to young people not just to connect them with opportunities, but also to publicise their achievements through our National Awards.
"Young people are the next leaders of those communities and I am delighted to see vInspired galvanising them and all of us around a positive campaign for change."
Comedian, actor and radio personality Eddie Kadi is one of our most active supporters. Acclaimed for being the first black comedian to headline the O2 Arena in 2010, he's frequently featured on Channel 4 and the BBC, scooped numerous gongs for his broadcast work and hosts Choice FM's Saturday breakfast show. Not to mention being a regular and superb host for our annual vInspired National Awards, of course!
"I'm honoured to be part of the vInspired National Awards - the work these volunteers do is unblieveable and they should all be really proud to be here tonight. vInspired is a great cause and celebrates young people's volunteering achievements that often go unrecognised."