Volunteer Centre Borders is looking for young people to join its new Youth Advisory Group.
As outlined in its strategy for the coming year, VCB wants to embed a culture of volunteering amongst children and young people in the area. We already know the Borders has a high percentage of young people who volunteer in many different ways but we want to ensure that that not only continues but increases.
One of our plans is to have Volunteer Ambassadors in every High School in the Borders whose will primarily be the ‘go-to’ person in the school for any information about volunteering, both for pupils and staff.
This would include mapping the number of pupils who are volunteering and in which activities, signposting to opportunities for pupils who may be looking to volunteer for any reason, for example for the Duke of Edinburgh award or liaising with us to create new opportunities, either for individuals or teams. They would also promote the Saltire Awards scheme, including linking in to the school’s Wider Achievement ceremony. In return we would offer them support and are putting together a programme which would include, for example, media skills and public affairs to help with the wider promotion of volunteering as well as training on exactly why the ethos of volunteering is so important to individuals and communities.
The main role of this group will be to advise on how best to recruit these young people as well as what sort of support they might need, although there may e other pieces of work throughout the year it would be good to get you involved in.
There are no age restrictions and in terms of time commitment – we are looking to have three face-to-face meetings throughout the year (travel expenses will be paid) with other communications being done virtually.