Linking Individuals into Future Talent through Volunteering
The question in the title suggests that we sometimes need assistance to reach wherever we are going. Everyday people from all over Sandwell give up their time to help others and without their commitment, knowledge and hands on support, many of our statutory services would struggle to meet the needs of our community.
With recent funding secured from the Big Lottery, I am pleased to introduce myself Jeremy Grant as the Youth Volunteering and Development Worker for Project LIFT V, a brand new, exciting youth volunteering initiative for young people between the ages of 16-25 who live in or are educated within the borough of Sandwell. Having worked for a well known training provider that specialises in offering support to those at risk of offending, I am no stranger to the challenges faced by the younger generation especially in regards to the difficulties of gaining employment.
Project LIFT V aims to give young people an advantage by creating suitable opportunities for them to volunteer within different organisations, thus gaining the valuable skills and work experience to enhance their CV.
Youth Volunteering, also has its benefits to organisations who are seeking to grow and develop. Taking on young volunteers can be a worthwhile investment into the future as it can help increase the core service delivery and contribute to the fulfillment of the organisation’s mission. Through the Volunteer Speedmatch Event scheduled for Thursday 20th February 2014 at the Sandwell Council Chambers in the Oldbury, Project LIFT V will promote this idea by bringing young people and organisations together to form strong links.
Project LIFT V also aims to train young people as volunteer mentors who can provide motivational guidance and personal support to their peers. This will give them a chance to build on their advisory skills and use their experience to help others achieve their potential.
To access the project, young people will be offered an appointment to come and have an informal and confidential chat with myself on a one to one basis at the Volunteer Centre Sandwell, Municipal Building, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 2AB. Our telephone number is 0121 544 8326 alternatively I can be reached via email [email protected]