Future Voices: The benefits of giving your time to volunteer

Norwich Foodbank has opened a stall on Norwich market - one of the many ways people find to voluntee

Norwich Foodbank has opened a stall on Norwich market - one of the many ways people find to volunteer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Fewer young people in the East of England regularly volunteer their time, fundraise for charity or campaign on issues they care about than in other parts of the country. We want to change this. We have written a series of articles to help more young people learn about the benefits of helping others.

There are so many benefits. You can help a big or small cause, and actually have a fun and enlightening experience when taking part. New skills, meeting new people and having a greater understanding of many areas are all qualities that you could develop by donating a little time and energy.

Youth social action is defined as 'practical action in the service of others that creates positive change', and the national #iwill campaign is trying to encourage it. Volunteering, fundraising and campaigning are all great ways to get involved in the community and help others, as well as gain knowledge and confidence within. There is no need for experience, just a little enthusiasm.

According to research from MORI, only 25% of young people from the East of England take part in meaningful social action, compared to 40% nationally. So why not join the 25% of 10-20 year olds currently taking part, and help make someone's day that little bit more special?

There is a national campaign to get more people taking part in youth social action – take a look and pledge your support here: http://www.iwill.org.uk/


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Laura Wright, 15, Wymondham College

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