Uckfield Volunteer Centre is reaching out to celebrate youth volunteering in the area.
Grants are enabling it to employ a team to go into schools and community groups over the next few months spreading the word about the feel-good factor volunteering can generate – in addition to helping those in need.
Stephen Butler and Caroline Searchfield have already begun work preparing teacher packs suitable for primary and secondary schools and youth groups.
Their message is that volunteering is for everyone from the youngest of children helping with jobs at home, to youngsters being kind to others in the playground and young adults contributing to the community.
The volunteer centre is also advertising a job vacancy for a self-employed contractor who can deliver a youth volunteer programme targeting young people with limited social skills, confidence, and self-esteem, including unemployed graduates.
All strands of the the youth volunteer campaign will be drawn together in July 2019 when a Celebrate for youth event will be held.
An awards ceremony will be held and if you can already think of a young person whose praises you would like to sing please get in touch with the volunteer centre.
Details have yet to be drawn up but the aim is to celebrate youth volunteers and thank them for their work.
The volunteer centre – which was set up nearly 30 years ago – is very proud of one of its own volunteers, 17-year-old Stephen Evans. He spends time teaching computer skills to members of the public and has been nominated for BBC Young Achievers Award.
Grants for the youth volunteer programme have been received from The Big Lottery Awards for All, the Henry Smith Charity, and the Sussex Community Foundation #IWillCampaign.
Uckfield Town Council supports the volunteer centre every year and manager Ann Montier said that without that support they wouldn’t be able to continue their work matching volunteers and offering additional community services.