Over the Rainbow and Pot of Gold highlight young people's involvement and accomplishments.

Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow, two related initiatives, are ways we involve children and young people in influencing budgetary decision-making. Recipients of funding have the opportunity to share their work and show the difference it has made.

We believe that children and young people who work alongside us have a right to have a voice in shaping the services delivered to them and have a role in advocating for changes in systems, policies and structures that affect them.

Read Lily's blog from this year's Over the Rainbow event.

young people from the over the rainbow event

Team Gold, at this year's Over the Rainbow event

What are Pot of Gold and Over the Rainbow?

Pot of Gold is a sum of money we make available for children and young people we work with across the country to create their own projects to help in their community or local project. 

The funding can enable children and young people to learn a new skill or be involved in activities to help them get their voice and ideas heard by adults.  The funding can also enable children and young people to have a new experience so they learn new things, and can involve helping organise activities to hear and record the views of other children and young people. The goal, ultimately, is to change things on issues that are important to them for themselves and other young people.

The annual Over the Rainbow event, which is co-organised by young people, is a celebration for young people from across the country. In 2015, more than 100 young people were present to share with each other how they had spent their Pot of Gold funding and attend the Children and Young People Awards Ceremony.

Young people take part in crafts

Children and Young People Awards

Each year, these awards are given to individuals and groups of children and young people to acknowledge their exceptional achievements. Some of the young people who were given awards last year became part of the judging panel selecting recipients of this year’s awards. 

Staff and volunteers within the organisation have nominated children and young people they work with.

The nomination criteria were:

  • Personal achievements - individual that has turned their life around or remained positive and honourable despite difficult circumstances.
  • Contribution to the development of work within The Children’s Society.
  • Contribution to changes in their local community or local authority.
  • Taking on a leadership role and being a positive role model.
  • Supporting and helping others including their friends and family members.
  • Groups or individual children & young people that have made a difference.

Read our Over the Rainbow 7 booklet, to learn about what Pot of Gold has funded recently. 

Two young girls speak to each other at an Over the Rainbow event

Find out more about recent award winners

Read our Over the Rainbow 7 booklet and a blog post from Over the Rainbow, including a list of the Children and Young People Award winners

Read our Over the Rainbow 6 booklet

Read about the 2013 Children and Young People Awards

Read about the 2012 Children and Young People Awards

Read about the 2011 Children and Young People Awards