Young vol­un­teers have a chance to gain skills recog­ni­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil has launched an ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age young peo­ple to de­velop skills through vol­un­teer­ing.

The Hilling­don Young Vol­un­teers Award, in part­ner­ship with char­ity Uxbridge United Wel­fare Trusts, will of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and ex­pe­ri­ence work while sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity. The oneyear pi­lot project will ini­tially be de­liv­ered in Uxbridge, Ick­en­ham and Hare­field, with up to 125 avail­able place­ments.

Cllr David Sim­monds, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive which will cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple to play an im­por­tant role as vol­un­teers.”

Group-based­vol­un­teer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be on of­fer for those aged 11 to 15, while 16- to 19year-olds will be of­fered place­ments rel­e­vant to their per­sonal in­ter­ests and ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

Su­san James, chair­man of the Uxbridge United Wel­fare Trusts, said: “I look for­ward to see­ing in­creas­ing num­bers of young peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing and gain­ing recog­ni­tion and skills.”

For fur­ther de­tails, call Sylvester Swanston on 01895 556721 or 07908 059538, email ss­wanston @hilling­don.gov.uk or see young.hilling­don.gov.uk.

n OP­POR­TU­NITY: The Hilling­don Young Vol­un­teers

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