This week is #iwillWeek and we are celebrating our support for the #iwill campaign. We are sharing our pledge and highlighting the impact of our programme supporting disadvantaged young people to change their lives through volunteering.
Our #iwill pledge:
Step Together Volunteering aims to make social action and volunteering accessible to all young people regardless of their background and support needs.
By 2020, Step Together will provide intensive support to up to 1000 highly disadvantaged and disengaged young people across the UK to empower and enable them to engage in volunteering and social action.
Step Together has been supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in England and Scotland for the past eight years. Although the backgrounds and situations of our young clients can be very different, a great many of the challenges they face are similar; including poor educational outcomes, low aspirations, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and inadequate support mechanisms.
“I was too shy to do anything and thought I wouldn’t be able to volunteer because I care for my parents.”
Our programme empowers young people to take positive action to change their lives and the lives of others through tailored volunteering opportunities. Clients are provided with one-to-one support to address real and perceived barriers to volunteering.
“Volunteering has given me a purpose. I feel like I belong somewhere. My life came to a standstill. But now I feel really good. I’m achieving things and I feel I am able to give something back.”
“I've got more confidence now. I feel a lot more employable because of volunteering; it played a massive part in getting a job.”
Volunteering not only benefits the community but also helps young people develop skills, build self-belief and confidence and meet new friends.
Our outcome assessments show that, following support from Step Together:
- 96% of young clients feel more confident
- 75% of young clients feel more part of the community
- 91% of young clients feel more positive about the future
- 85% of young clients feel better about themselves
- 95% of young clients feel they have gained skills that could help them to get a job they really want