On #PowerOfYouth day Volunteer Scotland and YouthLink Scotland made recommendations to complement and enhance existing policy commitments on volunteering as part of a joint policy briefing on young people and volunteering.
Some core recommendations, include volunteering becoming a core part of the curriculum, with dedicated resource to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to participate in volunteering and reflect on their personal development benefits.
- Investment in high-quality, supported volunteering opportunities for young people, with a particular focus on youth work, to ensure all young people are able to participate. Further exploration of the role of schools and other education establishments (formal and nonformal) and Skills Development Scotland in promoting volunteering when preparing young people for future pathways and the transition into adulthood and the world of work.
- Recognise the role of youth work in raising attainment and achievement, including through improving engagement in learning, skills, health and well-being and through recognition of achievement, including youth awards, many of which provide opportunities for young people to volunteer.
Read the full report here.
To find out more about the role of youth work and volunteering, please contact YouthLink Scotland’s Policy and Research Manager Kevin Kane or YouthLink Scotland’s Senior Development Officer for Youth Social Action and Volunteering, Emma Kyles.