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Time to Change

An exciting new project launching across Surrey encouraging and supporting voluntary organisations to recruit and manage young volunteers aged 19 — 25 years old.

Laura Butler has been appointed as the Young Volunteer Development Manager on behalf of all volunteer centres across Surrey. As Project Manager of Time to Change, she will encourage and support voluntary organisations to recruit young volunteers, aged 19 — 25 years old.

Time to Change aims to increase the number of young volunteers (19 — 25 year olds) in Surrey by 10% over 1 year. Initially the project will work with local voluntary organisations to help them to connect more effectively with potential young volunteers. Young people will be pivotal to defining and implementing plans.

Young adults already add tremendous benefits to some local organisations, but many organisations do not articulate and deliver an attractive offer. Young people have an abundance of energy and varied skills to bring to voluntary organisations. During the pandemic more than half of the fall in the number of people in employment has been among the under-25s, therefore, there is a wealth of highly skilled, enthusiastic young people looking for volunteering opportunities to gain experience and strengthen their CV.

Time to Change working collaboratively with the Council of Voluntary Services county wide will encourage voluntary organisations to utilise young volunteers and their skills. The project will provide training and support organisations to create, develop and promote attractive roles. Central to the direction of the project will be a Time to Change focus group capturing insight directly from young people.

To find out more about Time to Change, please contact:
Laura Butler
Young Volunteer Development Manager
laura@voluntarysupport.org.uk
07485 349309

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