As part of the Year of Young People, Communities Secretary Angela Constance has confirmed investment of up to £172,380 to develop a National Youth Volunteering Design Team in partnership with ProjectScotland and Young Scot.
Up to 25 young volunteers from a variety of backgrounds across Scotland will lead work to develop recommendations to help the Scottish Government ensure that by 2028, more people volunteer than do not.
Making the announcement at the Gathering 2018, Ms Constance said:“Volunteering is such a rewarding experience -both for the volunteer, for the beneficiary and for our communities.
“This is an innovative , exciting and dynamic approach to increasing volunteering opportunities for Scots –especially for young people – to get involved in volunteering, and is underpinned by oOur commitment to equality and diversity underpins our approach to promoting volunteering and we want to increase such opportunities.
“Our Programme for Government promises to be bold in our vision for volunteering and to work with young people to better understand their aims and motivations. There’s no better time to do that than the Year of Young People.”
Paul Reddish, Chief Executive of ProjectScotland said, “ProjectScotland is delighted to be working with YoungScot to help ensure that young people’s voices are at the heart of designing a volunteer process to engage more young people across Scotland. The work of volunteers is vital for the sector and so it’s important that young people are involved throughout to ensure they stay engaged and so we can increase volunteer numbers. It’s an exciting project and something we’re especially pleased to be involved in during Year of Young People.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “By including the ideas and experiences of young people from the very start, the new youth volunteering strategy is setting itself up for success. To encourage more young people to realise the wonderful benefits of volunteering we need to turn to young people as experts of their own experience to show us how. We look forward to hearing the insight and ideas from the diverse group of young people who will be involved.”