The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, this week joined City Year UK and members of Generation Change to celebrate and support the power of youth volunteering.
He said: “It’s clear that social action has an important role to play in preparing young people for work, as well as for them to recognise the part they have to play in society.”
The packed event, which took place on Monday 5th October at Goodstock, a social enterprise run by vInspired, was part of the Conservative Party Conference. It gave Conservative MPs and others the opportunity to meet young people involved in diverse social action programmes including City Year UK, the Scouts, and Task Squad.
Also speaking was City Year UK Chief Executive, Sophie Livingstone, who added: “Young people bring an incredible energy to the causes they’re passionate about, and are a huge resource for our country. While helping others, young people are also challenging themselves, building their confidence, and gaining skills that help them in the workplace.
“The Government’s commitment to grow National Citizen Service (NCS) places for 16 year olds is enabling thousands more young people to get a taste of social action. However, many young people are ready to start that journey much earlier, while many more are keen to take on bigger and different challenges after they finish NCS. It’s important that we can sustain funding for opportunities that have equally powerful outcomes for young people at different stages and in different situations in life.”