Young Volunteers

Published on 15 March, 2020

Encouraging young people to volunteer is a great way to build their confidence, develop social skills, improve wellbeing, consider career options and get them ready to start ‘adulting’!!

One to one support to enable volunteering – #ActionSquad

We support many young people to get the most out of volunteering (in Bournemouth currently with plans to develop in Christchurch and Poole), aged 13-21 or 25 and older with special educational needs and disability or those facing disadvantages who wouldn’t have volunteered without our help. Our one to one support enables young people to get going with volunteering. Like Joel who told us “The support has been so good. Looking at volunteering options has helped me decide the direction I want my life to take,”

Recognising all young people who volunteer

We also recognise the fantastic contribution young volunteers make by awarding certificates. Last year we gave over 500 certificates to celebrate more than 21,000 hours of volunteering that young people provided for hundreds of different charities, including the YMCA and the National Citizen Service.

Promoting young volunteering – we:

  • work with organisations to develop opportunities for young volunteers and provide one to one guidance.
  • visit schools and youth groups to talk about the amazing benefits of volunteering
  • offer monthly #ActionSquad taster sessions so young people get a feel for volunteering

These photographs give you a taste of some of the great projects we support.

Beach clean with Leave Only Footprints
Helping out at the community garden for Grounded Community
Fundraising at Bournemouth Mayor’s Charity Duck Race

If you are aged 13-21 or 25 and older with special educational needs and disability or work with these groups we’d love to hear from you and start recognising and celebrating the great work young people do.

Please contact Dani Ford, Youth Development Worker either by email or by phone on 01202 466130 for further information and assistance.