This week is #iwill Week, a UK-wide celebration of the contribution that young people are making through social action.
The #iwill campaign aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit to communities and young people themselves. Through collaboration and partnership, it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action, working to embed it in the journey of young people and create fresh opportunities for participation.
So far more than 700 business, education and voluntary sector partners, including us here at Salford CVS, have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people. Will you join us and pledge?
Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford pledge
We pledge to support VCSE volunteer engaging groups and organisation to be more confident and open to engaging young people in volunteering and social action. We also pledge to promote new, youth-friendly social action opportunities.
Help to promote your opportunities locally
Our volunteering portal is for local volunteers and volunteer managers. Volunteer managers can use the portal to advertise volunteer opportunities and manage these opportunities online. They can also track volunteer applications and update their status. Your organisations can also receive anonymised feedback from volunteers.
Making volunteering more flexible and engaging young people
In the first in a series of podcasts around charities and volunteering, NCVO's Karl Wilding asks if we need to make volunteering more flexible?
The podcast examines ways that volunteer managers can make volunteering more flexible including:
- Having a diverse range of high-quality opportunities to offer, a mix of committed and flexible roles, short and long-term.
- Considering pathways in the organisation to enable volunteers to move between roles.
- Taking a life course approach to volunteering as the ability to volunteer changes at different points in life with pathways between different opportunities