Volunteering in local communities provides many benefits for young people and their development. This includes building a sense of community, and developing a range of skills such as team working, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving, all of which are crucial for their success in higher education and the workplace.
The #iwill campaign, run by Step Up To Serve seeks to increase the number of 10 to 20 year-olds participating in social action, to recognise the contribution young people make to their local communities.
Work experience in the NHS is a fantastic way for young people to gain insights into a particular career, and a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of caring for people. Work experience can help young people decide what the right career is for them.
The NHS is made up of over 300 NHS organisations across England and each is responsible for arranging work experience. The best way to arrange work experience for young people is by contacting local NHS trusts – via the human resources, voluntary services or education and training departments. Careers departments at schools can also help put young people in touch with local services and may already have agreements with local NHS services for work experience placements. NHS trusts can be found via NHS.uk.