Youth Action

North East Lincolnshire has a Youth Council/Social Action group called Youth Action for 12-21 year olds. Youth Action meets twice per month to plan campaigns and actions to tackle the issues that are you.

Youth Parliament


The UK Youth Parliament is an organisation that enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.

It is run by young people, for young people, with more than 600 elected members and deputy members, who work together to bring about positive change nationally as well as in their local communities.

Once elected, Youth Parliament members and their deputies organise events and projects, run campaigns, and influence policy-makers on issues that matter most to young people. They attend regular regional groups and meet together once a year at the UKYP annual sitting.

Once every two years there is an election for young people to become members of the UK Youth Parliament and represent North East Lincolnshire.

The current representatives for North East Lincolnshire are:Zachary Steeles as Member of Youth ParliamentMax Kerrigan as Deputy Member of Youth Parliament

Young Reporters


Young Reporters is for young people aged 12-19 years who would like to write articles for the Grimsby Telegraph on issues they think are important. Young Reporters meet fortnightly to plan and peer edit the articles for a period of around 3 months and get 3 articles published in this time. 


To find out more about Youth Voice activities contact Pippa on 01472 323298 or email 

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

Phone 01472 315437


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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 

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 

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 


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 


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 


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. 

International Citizens Service

International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged 14 to 25.

There are different sections of activities to choose from including:

  • Volunteering
  • Gaining new skills
  • Physical activities
  • Taking part in an expedition
  • Working away from home in a team

The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 14 and is divided into 3 different awards: gold, silver and bronze, depending on age.

For more information contact:

The DofE Centre

Old Clee Children’s Centre

Colin Avenue


DN32 8EN

Phone: 01472 323212



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