Involving Young People as Volunteers

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This presentation, entitled 'Involving Young People as Volunteers', was developed by London Youth and Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets and looks at:
•The myths, challenges, benefits and opportunities of working with young volunteers
•Designing volunteer roles that will interest young people and benefit your organisation
•Legal issues that organisations should be aware of when working with young volunteers
•Practical hints and tips on recruiting and retaining young volunteers

For further information contact Matt Dronfield at London Youth on 020 7549 8800 or email hello@londonyouth.org.uk. You can also tweet Matt @MattDronfield.

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Involving Young People as Volunteers

  1. 1. Involving Young People As Volunteers @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets 1
  2. 2. Introductions @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓ Name ✓ Organisa+on  you  are  from ✓ Briefly  what  you  already  do   with  young  people  as   volunteers On a sticky: What you would like to get from today’s session? 2
  3. 3. Myths Quiz @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets 3
  4. 4. Previous Experiences @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓ On  your  tables  discuss   good  and  bad  previous   experiences  of  involving   young  people  in  your   organisa+on ✓ You  have  ten  minutes   before  we  feed  back 4
  5. 5. Motivations @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Why do young people volunteer? Source:  Do-­‐it  Volunteer  Sa+sfac+on  Survey  2011,  Youthnet Primary  mo+va+ons  for  volunteering  for  the   16-­‐25  age  group  were: •        To  gain  work  experience  (83%) •        To  gain  or  improve  skills  (78%) •        To  help  other  people  (75%) •        To  learn  new  things  (71%) •        Do  something  posi+ve  with  spare  +me  (64%) 5
  6. 6. Motivations @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Student volunteering motivations Source:  Burs+ng  the  Bubble  -­‐  Students  Volunteering  and  the  Community  (Brewis,  Russell  and   Holdsworth,  2010) ✓ 95%    -­‐  desire  to  improve  things  or  help  people ✓ 88%  –  to  develop  skills   ✓ 83%  –  to  gain  work  experience ✓ 49%  -­‐  looking  to  enhance  learning  from  their  university  course  through   volunteering ✓ Women,  younger  students  and  students  from  less  advantaged  backgrounds  are   more  mo+vated  to  volunteer  to  enhance  their  employability ✓ BME  (Black  and  Minority  Ethnic)  students,  students  from  post-­‐1992  HEIs,  students   with  dependents  and  those  who  did  not  move  away  to  university  are  more   mo+vated  to  volunteer  by  reasons  connected  to  their  personal  values 6
  7. 7. FLEXIVOL @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets An  useful  acronym  of  what  young  people  have  said  would  encourage  them  to  volunteer ✓ FLEXIBILITY  –  in  both  +me  and  commitment ✓ LEGITIMACY  –  they  need  to  know  it’s  worthwhile ✓ EASE  OF  ACCESS  –  there  are  barriers,  many  young  people  simply  don’t  know  how  to  start   volunteering  or  who  to  contact ✓ EXPERIENCE  –  young  people  want  relevant,  useful  experience  and  the  chance  to  learn  new  skills ✓ INCENTIVES  –  what’s  in  it  for  them?  Skills,  add  to  CV ✓ VARIETY  –  both  the  type  of  work  and  the  level  of  commitment ✓ ORGANISATION  –  volunteering  needs  to  be  both  efficient  and  informal ✓  LAUGHS  –  volunteering  must  be  fun 7
  8. 8. Motivations @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Barriers to volunteering ✓They  don’t  know  how  to  become  involved ✓Lack  of  +me                                                   ✓Feel  they  can’t  make  a  commitment ✓Lack  of  interest                                                                                     ✓No  one  asked  them ✓Don’t  know  what  they’ll  gain ✓Don’t  feel  needed                                                 ✓Lack  of  transporta+on/support ✓Don’t  think  its  cool 8
  9. 9. Motivations @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets But remember... Young  people  are  not  a  homogenous  group! Ages,  cultures,  backgrounds,  interests,  mo+va+ons,   physical  abili+es,   Support  needs,  levels  of  confidence,  personality  types 9
  10. 10. Creating Rewarding Roles @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓ What  the  commitment  is ✓ What  they  will  be  required   to  do ✓ How  the  volunteer  will   personally  benefit ✓ How  their  contribu+ons  will   help  your  organisa+on  and   the  community ✓ How  long  the  commitment   is  for ✓ Support  they  will  receive 10
  11. 11. Attracting Young People @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓Clear  and  accessible  informa+on ✓Explain  the  bigger  picture  and  breadth  of  roles ✓Be  as  specific  as  you  can ✓Highlight  what  will  they  get  out  of  it ✓Adverts  should  be  fresh  &  appealing ✓Language  and  tone   11
  12. 12. Attracting Young People @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Language and Tone Ac+ve,  fun  and  exci+ng Sign  up,  get  involved,  join  in,  be  special,  come   forward,  help  out,  speak  up,  stand  up,  step   forward,  a  chance,  an  opportunity,  a  place,  a   posi+on,  par+cipate,  make  a  difference,   campaign,  assist,  support,  engage,  devote,  offer,   pitch  in,  try,  a  challenge,  share,  lead,  link  up,  get   ac+ve,  give  +me.       12
  13. 13. Attracting Young People @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓Outreach:    freshers  fairs,  community  centres ✓Through  Volunteer  Centre  Tower  Hamlets ✓Find  out  how  they  like  to  keep  in  touch ✓Use  your  current  young  volunteers  (in  person,    film,  photos   and  quotes) ✓Respond  immediately  to  inquiries   ✓Be  family  friendly   ✓Value  what  they  have  already  done 13
  14. 14. Retaining Young Volunteers @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets ✓ Remember  why  they  young   person  chose  to  volunteer   with  you ✓ Ensure  regular  catch-­‐ups ✓ Peer  support ✓ Dedicated  contact ✓ Genng  volunteers   feedback ✓ Accredita+on 14
  15. 15. Legalities @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Mohammed  is  18  and  has  been  volunteering  with  a  small   charity,  Play  Today,  for  two  years.  While  at  school  he   volunteered  for  3  hours  on  Friday  mornings  when  he  had  a  free   period.  He  recently  leo  school  and  is  now  volunteering  3  days  a   week.  He  is  claiming  job  seekers  allowance.  Play  Today  give  him   £5  per  day  for  lunch  and  bus  fare.       What are the issues? What are the solutions? 15
  16. 16. Legalities @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Carol  is  15  and  has  been  volunteering  with  Play  Today  for  three  months.  She   seems  very  mature  and  capable,  and  has  been  running  a  drama  group  every   Tuesday  and  Thursday  evening  for  groups  of  seven-­‐ten  year  olds.    The  session  is   three  hours  long.  As  it  finishes  late  in  the  evening,  a  member  of  staff  gives  Carol  a   lio  home.     For  the  first  two  sessions,  a  member  of  staff  ran  the  drama  group  with  her.     However,  another  aoer  school  club  has  started  on  a  Tuesday  evening,  and  the   staff  member  divides  her  +me  between  the  two  sessions.     Carol  has  not  had  a  criminal  record  check  (DBS  check).   What are the issues? What are the solutions? 16
  17. 17. Celebrating Success @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets Formal ✓ Volunteer  events  (for  example,  a  ‘thank  you   event’  as  part  of  Volunteers’  Week) ✓ Cer+ficates  (could  be  an  annual  ‘thank  you’,   or  aoer  a  fixed  term,  such  as  comple+on  of   a  specific  number  of  volunteering  hours) ✓ Accredita+on,  such  as  NVQs  etc ✓ Invite  volunteers  to  mee+ngs  that  affect   them,  such  as  staff  mee+ngs  if  appropriate ✓ Invite  volunteers  on  to  working  groups  etc.   (Again,  if  there  are  internal  issues  affec+ng   volunteers,  they  should  be  involved  in  the   process.) Informal ✓ Saying  ‘thank  you’ ✓ Making  sure  they  have  enough  tasks  to  do   every  day. ✓ Including  them  in  social  events ✓ Going  out  for  lunch,  to  the  pub  etc. ✓ Consul+ng  on  informal  masers,  such  as   where  the  new  no+ce  board  should  go 17
  18. 18. Evaluation & Next Steps... @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets 18
  19. 19. Involving Young People As Volunteers @LondonYouth @VCTowerHamlets 19

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