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Young people as volunteers

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AVM Conference 2014

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Young people as volunteers

  1. 1. Young People and Volunteering Sophie Wellings AVM Conference – 24th October 2014
  2. 2. Young People & Volunteering • What motivates young people to volunteer? • Why do we want to involve young people?
  3. 3. Vanishing Volunteers Katherine Gaskin Flexible – opportunities that fit with their timetables Legitimacy – making volunteering ‘cool’ Ease of access - effective promotion of volunteering ‘Xperience - relevant and interesting Incentives - certificates Variety - choice Organisation – informal Laughs - fun
  4. 4. Engaging Gen X & Y in volunteering Gen X – 1964- 1977 Resourceful, self sufficient Pragmatic Flexible, comfortable with autonomy Gen Y – 1978 – 1994 Valued, coddled Tolerant to difference, value education and training
  5. 5. Engaging Gen X & Y in volunteering Gen Xers • may not buy into their parents’ optimism about changing the world. • feel capable of helping one person. • may prefer to focus on local, not global issues, on tangible results, not idealism. Gen Yers • look for variety, stimulation and "push button" action. • are searching for their causes. • exhibit a strong interest in volunteering.
  6. 6. Attracting Gen Yers • Promote your cause/mission or issue • Focus on issues that represent the interests of the community rather than individuals. • Promote collaboration, team spirit and diversity. • Offer multiple options, parallel opportunities instead of asking people to commit to one thing. • Offer a variety of exciting and challenging experiences.
  7. 7. Millenials/Nexters • Tech savvy • Walk, talk, listen, type and text • Simple priorities – they come first • Hard working • Clever/resourceful • Signed up to volunteering
  8. 8. Millenials/Nexters • Micro, one-off, short term opportunities • Group activities/with friends • Easy access • Self directed • New technology, social media
  9. 9. Monitoring • Demographic profile – age, gender, ethnicity, faith, disability, status, sexuality • Comparison with local community • Accuracy of data • How and where is management information shared? • How is data analysed?
  10. 10. Breaking down barriers Who do we need to involve? How do we involve them?
  11. 11. Be Proactive • Outreach • Social media/new technology • Fundraising, campaigning, peer programmes, co-production, micro activity • Young people’s steering/advisory group • Interesting/quirky/efficient • Profiling • Certificates
  12. 12. • Insurance cover • Consent • References • Recognition • Profiling • Health and safety • Induction/training
  13. 13. Step up to Serve • Campaign to promote ‘social action’ • The goal is to double the number of young people participating in social action to over 50% by 2020. • Pledge • www.stepuptoserve.org.uk
  14. 14. Action Plan 3 things you can do to involve young people as volunteers
  15. 15. References: Vanishing Volunteers – Katherine Gaskin http://www.ivr.org.uk/component/ivr/vanishing-volunteers Gen X and Y as Volunteers www.volunteeringwa.org.au Presented by Sophie Wellings Email: wellings179@btinternet.com Tel: 07910 820596

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