New programme launched to help young people to Step Up 2 Serve their local communities
The Step Up 2 Serve initiative will bring together employers, educators, and voluntary and community groups as part of a nationwide campaign to develop the youth social action movement and recruit 1.7 million additional young volunteers so that by 2020, half of all 10- to 20-years-olds will be participating.
Rather than delivering or funding programmes, Step Up 2 Serve aims to build local networks of young volunteers, gather evidence of what works in social action delivery and advise organisations on youth social action opportunities.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a report highlighting the benefits to young people and businesses of being involved in youth social action programmes.
The report, found that young volunteers involved in projects run by businesses gained confidence and developed skills that would help them find work.
Youth social action programmes are seen as a good opportunity for employees to develop their leadership and people management skills.
The Yes2jobs website promotes volunteering opportunities with local businesses, charities and organisations including Gloucester Waterways Museum, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Forest of Dean Youth Workers Network.