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Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THTS)

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THTS)

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland (THTS), as part of the UK’s largest and leading HIV and sexual health charity, will continue to support young people into volunteering with us in local communities across Scotland.

Volunteers are vital in allowing us provide services for people living with or affected by HIV and poor sexual health all over Scotland. We have a strong volunteer cohort from each of our four centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Dumfries and Glasgow. Volunteers get involved in a number of roles including health promotion in schools, colleges and universities, welfare rights and advocacy and advice work, family events and activities for children and young people.

As a charity, we will continue to make it easier for young people to volunteer with us. With flexible volunteering opportunities, numerous ways to apply from online to postal applications and two volunteer co-ordinators – we try to ensure that the volunteer recruitment journey is as positive as it can be.

THTS will continue to promote volunteering opportunities to a vast number of young people through our community engagement work across the country. We will make the opportunities that we provide appealing and meaningful for young people in Scotland. We will make clear to young people the difference that their support provides for people living with or affected by HIV in Scotland.

We will allow young people to become involved in organisational decision-making, where appropriate, and ensure that all our volunteers register for membership of our charity. We will enable young people to challenge their insecurities and allow them to grow and develop in a learning environment which fosters positive social action amongst volunteers as well as staff. Young people volunteering with us will have access to numerous training and development opportunities, including accredited SQA courses which will allow them to reflect on their own learning, values and beliefs. Young people, if they happen to leave a volunteering role with us, will do so with an increased awareness of who they are, where they fit within society, how they can support vulnerable and marginalised groups as well as leaving with a reference and other benefits which will influence their future career opportunities.

We’ve just pledged to the #iwill campaign recently – watch this space for updates on our progress

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Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 700 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”