70 youth volunteers participated in the design, planning and running of the Summer scheme.
Tasks included working with children as staff assistance – age group of their choice, admin/office work, event-organising and preparation. At the end of the scheme, they had a volunteer trip where gifts were distributed to the volunteers in gratitude. We provided refreshments for the volunteers throughout the scheme and organised induction meetings to train and prepare the volunteers prior to the holiday scheme. A volunteer coordinator supported and advised them prior and during the project. Following the project Youth volunteers were involved in the monitoring and evaluating of the project.
Youth volunteers had an opportunity to develop themselves in many different ways, improving their competence and work capacity. We offered them the necessary training, provisions, incentives and support that ensured the project’s success.
Participants gained childcare or organisational / office skills and experience, as relevant, which will help them to improve their CV’s in a wide variety of roles in future careers. Participants also developed work ethics as well as essential qualities needed for the work-place. This includes leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, independence and initiative, responsibility, self-confidence, time-keeping and the motivation to succeed. They made a positive difference to their community and were constructively occupied, thus building safer, happier communities.
In addition, the benefits of feeling successful, needed and fulfilled cannot be understated. Having had an enjoyable and fulfilling break they returned to school refreshed and energized, ready to undertake the new school year with vigor. Doing their best at school can contribute to their future success and help prevent the risk of early drop outs or avoidable failure at school.