Volunteering gives you the chance to help your community, experience different work environments, learn new skills and develop your self-confidence.
IGNITE: Helping Young People lead their Communities
IGNITE is Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire’s (VANEL) newest Big Lottery funded 3 year ‘Reaching Communities’ programme.
The IGNITE team work with young people and adults aged 16 to 30 who are interested in volunteering and/or leading on projects, events, clubs and campaigns which benefit their community.
Since the programme launched in August 2016, the IGNITE team have supported young people on a variety of youth-led projects including:
- vintage theme coffee morning event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support
- fundraising sports tournaments
- supported a bereaved young mum as she organised a fundraising balloon release
- supported young people to organise Battle of the Band’s music events
- an awareness campaign surrounding sexual assault
What’s In It for me?
- a great way of giving something back to your community
- an excellent way to meet new people
- an opportunity to learn new skills
- to gain work experience
- a boost to education and employment prospects
- to increase self-confidence
- up to date references
Volunteering has also been shown to:
- reduce stress
- combat depression
- keep you mentally and physically active
Tips about volunteering:
- choose something you enjoy and can put your skills to best use
- Don’t take on too much! Start out small, then there’s room for growth!
- don’t be pressurised into doing more hours or roles than you are happy with
- use volunteering as a way of bettering yourself
- remember to always be professional
- if something isn’t working, ask yourself why and take action. Not enjoying working in a hospital as much as you thought, but still want to do something with people? That’s okay! There are lots of other volunteer opportunities out there
- if you feel unsure or unhappy about something, tell someone how you feel. Your host organisation has a responsibility to ensure your safety and comfort. They should be able and happy to help
- Enjoy yourself!
How to contact IGNITE
Other volunteering opportunities:
Just Do It
The 'Do It' website is a national database that can help you find local volunteering opportunities. Find out more at www.do-it.org.uk
Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
The UK’s largest volunteering and training organisation. Lots of ideas for young people aged 16 to 24 about how to find volunteering opportunities linked to personal interests. Find out more at www.csv.org.uk
The Prince’s Trust
Runs a variety of programmes for people aged 14 to 30 that aim to build confidence, motivation and team-building skills. Find out more at www.princes-trust.org.uk
VYPER is a scheme which allows young people aged 10 to 25 to collect certificates of recognition for all the volunteering that they are taking part in www.ervas.org.uk/youngpeople/vyper/
The #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves www.iwill.org.uk/
vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.https://vinspired.com/