EYD and action/2015 summer tour diary

1 September 2015

Day one: Edinburgh Mela

The tour got off to a fantastic start at the Edinburgh Mela festival! Volunteers from Y Care International, VSO, Results, Restless and Wateraid spoke to people about the global goals and did an amazing job getting festival-goers to think about the kind of world they want to live in with over 400 writing their vision on our campaign postcards.

Volunteers from Y Care International, Restless and VSO with Tommy Sheppard MP at the Edinburgh Mela.

The tour bus on the road to Edinburgh.

Day two: Edinburgh Mela

So far so good! We have had some great feedback from volunteers who are supporting the tour:

"People were really interested and grateful to hear about the SDGs/Global Goals. I was also able to talk to people about ICS and how they can volunteer and take action alongside these goals." Sinead McNulty, ICS returned volunteer

"On approaching people, many thought we hadn't made progress and they were pleased to learn about the successes. I had some good discussions about responsible consumption, inequality, education for girls etc. It was great to have the opportunity to inform, have an open discussion and let people express their ideas and hopes for the future." Joan Nadeau, VSO volunteer

Alice, from Bond, talks to people about the European Year for Development and helping to campaign for a better world.

One of our enthusatic volunteers with Sarah Boyack MSP.

Global goal badges on the superhero cut outs.

Day three: Leeds Carnival

We've reached the third day of the summer (hmm ... sort of) tour, and today the Bond VW van travelled to Leeds to continue gathering supporters for the movement. Despite the heavy downfalls, the crowds were out in force!

Volunteers at the Leeds West Indian Carnival thinking globally, acting locally to make a difference for people and planet!

First class delivery! Taking action via postcard as people tell us their hopes for the future.

There was such a vibrant atmosphere at the carnival. Here are some of the attendees with the Bond EYD tour van...

Day four, five and six: On the road

After a great few days taking the tour from Edinburgh to Leeds, we hit the road again and made our way towards what we hoped would be sunny Cardiff.

Day seven: Cardiff City Centre

We arrived in Cardiff to a great "Croeso o Gymru" (welcome from Wales). Here we continued to encourage members of the public to join the movement for people and planet.

Jenny Rathbone, Labour Party Assembly Member for Cardiff Central, joining us for a chat and slotting her hopes for the future through the summer tour postbox.

Some of our volunteers spreading their enthusiasm and dedication throughout the day.

"Good to see young people from different orgs collaborating to make the world a better place." Josh, summer tour volunteer

And finally, saying goodbye to the lovely city of Cardiff and continuing on our travels.

Day eight: Bristol City Centre

Today we left Wales behind and travelled across to Bristol where the Mayor visted us to talk to our volunteers and get involved with the summer tour. 

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson with local volunteers from Results, WaterAid, and Raleigh ICS. Left to right: Tara, Laura, Tom, George Ferguson, Pat, Vicki, Caroline.

Day nine: Brighton

As the summer tour reached its final destination we were joined by local volunteers and Caroline Lucas MP, who gave a passionate speech after visting the Bond VW camper van.

Caroline Lucas MP came to visit and she spoke with local volunteers about global equality.  

Caroline Lucas with volunteers from Results, World Vision, Restless Development and Sightsavers. Left to right: Laura, Rebecca, Tara, Bethany, Caroline Lucas MP, Larissa, Peter, Brian and Sarah.

Our volunteers supporting the movement for people and planet!

Some more feedback:

"It's great that everyone has something to say, they want to hear about the global goals, what we're doing and find out more"  - Bethany, volunteer, Restless Development

"It's nice knowing everyone has an opinion and is willing to share it" - Sophie, volunteer, VSO

Great to see #actionaid campaigning for #globalgoal target on violence against women.

Festival vibes!

Day ten: Brighton 

We've reached the last day of the European Year for Development and action/2015 summer tour and the suncame out in Brighton! What a week, full of fun, laughter and amazing chats with people from all over the UK.

In ten days we travelled hundreds of miles to Scotland, Wales and England. We visited five cities; we went to 12 festivals and one carnival; we spoke to hundreds, if not thousands, of people; we collected over 1200 postcards; we worked with over 65 awesome volunteers from 13 partners across the country; and we met two MPs, one MSP, one AM, and the Mayor of Bristol! 

We couldn't have asked for a more enthusiastic response and we want to say a huge thank you to all of the organisations and their volunteers who have done such an amazing job at engaging the public and inspiring people across the country to join the movement for people and planet:

Y Care InternationalResultsVSO, WaterAidProgressioRestless DevelopmentAction 2015 youth panelONE campaignWorld VisionSightsaversSend a CowSouth West International Development NetworkHub Cymru Africa (HCA), and NIDOS

"My favourite person who I talked to today was a 9 year old, Jack, who said he wanted opportunity for all, equality, fairness and happy people. Legend!" - Simon, Restless volunteer


"These experiences increase the hope of people and the best way to make the world a better place is to trust that you can change it" - Leonardo, Results volunteer

Join the movement

Join the movement using #EYD2015 and #Action2015UK.

Find out more information about the European Year for Development on our official page.