CVS Inverclyde is on the hunt for young volunteers aged between 12 and 25 years who are keen to make a difference to youth volunteering in the area, as it forges ahead with its new Inverclyde Youth Action (IYA) project.
They will join forces as a youth subgroup to feed into IYA, which aims to increase access to more quality volunteering opportunities for young people that can help spark a change in their lives.
"We are looking for young people who are motivated and enthusiastic," said Chief Executive Officer Ian Bruce. "While it would be beneficial if they already have experience of volunteering, this is not essential.
"Working in conjunction with our Volunteer Development Officer, Catriona MacLeod, the IYA subgroup will help us develop youth volunteer opportunities with local organisations and create a resource that empowers young people to volunteer. Through direct engagement with their peer group - young people in schools, further education and other youth settings - they will be able to highlight first-hand the many benefits of becoming a volunteer."
The subgroup will meet every two months at the organisation's Inverclyde Community Hub, based in Greenock town centre. Out of pocket expenses will be paid to the volunteers.
The IYA project is now spearheading the development of youth volunteering, thanks to a grant of £8,500 from the Year of Young People 2018 National Lottery Fund. It supports initiatives aimed at inspiring young people to lead active lives and encourage positive mental health.
Volunteering is a way for young people to gain skills that can be transferred into the workplace – not least of all increased confidence and communication, as they benefit from teamwork, take on responsibilities and strengthen their CV in the process.
The volunteering experience is also great for personal gain. It can have an enormous impact on the health and wellbeing of young people and, through them, their wider community. The simple act of assisting others can enhance their social awareness and sense of place, helping young people care more about where they live.