A new social media campaign will celebrate youth volunteering

A new social media campaign, inspired by a group of young people, will be launched on Thursday 4 June at an event at Leeds Civic Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor.

A person wearing a hoodie with #VolunteerSelfie printed on the back

#VolunteerSelfie comes out of discussions with young people  through the Youth Giving Time project.  The young people wanted a platform to create awareness and celebrate the contribution of youth volunteering in Leeds.

All volunteers are welcome to join in the campaign and can do so by uploading a selfie to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging it with #VolunteerSelfie and @Youthgivetime.

The campaign is supported by corporate volunteers from the Asda Community Life team as part of their employer supported volunteer scheme and by Youth Giving Time, a project run by Voluntary Action Leeds.

Our Asda Community Life volunteer was asked why she chose to support the volunteer selfie campaign, she said: “I like the fact that it’s being driven by young people and it’s a good message. Young people need congratulating for their contributions to volunteering, and they need to be inspired to inspire others.”

Andrina Dawson, coordinator of the Youth Giving Time project comments on why young people volunteer : “They have more of a social conscience than we realise and they’re beginning to realise that volunteering can be a good route into employment through learning new skills, meeting new people and engaging in new experiences.”