Organisations can receive £250 to host micro-volunteering opportunities for young people - express your interest by 23 December.
Voluntary Action Leeds has received a grant from the Leeds Employability Partnership to run a pilot called Skilled Up. Managed by Leeds Community Foundation, the Leeds Employability Partnership aims to support individuals with multiple barriers to employment, moving them closer to being "work ready".
Skilled Up will see VAL work with NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training) young people, providers and third sector organisations to design and develop appropriate micro-volunteering opportunities in Leeds. The aim is to support young people to build confidence and gain skills to contribute to their future success. The pilot will also see VAL developing City & Guild validated Digital Badges in partnership with local digital agency, Digital Me, and the organisations who host the young people.
Priority groups of young people who VAL are looking to broker in micro-volunteering opportunities will include care leavers, young people at risk of offending and ex-offenders and young people with learning disabilities. For those who haven’t heard of the concept, Micro-Volunteering, is defined by the NCVO as:
“Bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete”.
Examples of micro-volunteering opportunities include taking part in a street collection, helping out at an elderly luncheon club, painting a community centre, taking part in a tree planting event, packing food parcels at a local food bank or volunteering at a sports event.
Digital Badges As part of the pilot we are developing Digital Badges for Volunteering that the young people will be able to demonstrate as an online representation of the skills they have earned through undertaking the micro-volunteering. It is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Badges have long been used as a representation of achievement and digital badges are an extension of this into the digital age. The Digital Badges for volunteering are an exciting development to a more formal recognition of young people’s volunteering in Leeds.
How Can Your Organisation Get Involved We are seeking applications from organisations who can host the micro-volunteering opportunities for the young people. Successful applicants will receive £250 to be a host organisation. Training and support will be provided to host organisations in assessing volunteers’ submissions and evidence to be awarded the Digital Badges. We would also like to hear from organisations who work with young people who may be interested in their service users taking part in some of the volunteer days. To apply to be a host, organisations need to fill in an Expression of Interest form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 23rd December. For more details on Skilled Up and to download the Expression of Interest form see here