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There are many people aged 13 to 17 with the time and drive to help their community and volunteer - though too often - volunteering opportunities are aimed at people over 18
In my experience, I was only able to volunteer through schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, National Citizen Service and a sports initiative in my local area at the time, all of which I found out through school.
So, how can we make more volunteering opportunities for younger people that are accessible and varied?
As part of NCVO’s strategy, we’re looking to support charities by bringing members together to find solutions to common problems. We also aim to create connections across our membership.
So we looked for the expertise and put on an online event to find out how we can engage and support young people to volunteer.
These programmes were best achieved through collaboration with schools, local authorities and wider partnerships to make sure they’re accessible to those from a variety of backgrounds.
This can also be done by focusing on specific areas and making sure programmes are written by and for these groups through co-creation and collaboration.
Funding can come from a variety of sources depending on the programme type or the young beneficiaries, such as schemes with green objectives or aimed at young carers.
Some projects also came about through informal volunteering, which was then developed into more structured opportunities.
Here are some case studies we found below.
Contributions that young people can make shouldn’t be underestimated, with young people under the age of 18 co-creating projects and gaining national recognition for their work.
Not only is it helpful to the community, but volunteering can transform lives by giving young people the opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills.
The experience I gained volunteering provided me with examples to use in my interview to get the apprenticeship role I have at NCVO.
Community First shared insight on the practical areas to consider when engaging young people in volunteer roles.
Read more about Community First and their work.
At our online event, we then had a breakout session where it was great to hear from many enthusiastic organisations that want to engage more young people in their work.
We hope this webinar provided an excellent sounding board to start conversations and reading this has done the same!
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