Volunteering Matters is a proud supporter of the #iwill campaign. We are committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible benefit from participating in meaningful youth social action, which includes volunteering. This past year we have enabled 1,408 young volunteers and reached a further 3,873 young people as beneficiaries of our work. We have refreshed our Full Time Volunteering offer for young people, and launched Revolution You – a national campaign to inform and inspire young people in the UK about the potential of Full Time Volunteering.
Our own corporate strategy spells out our commitment to ways of working that embody good practice in social action. As an organisation, we see our volunteers as our partners, who work with us and with our beneficiaries to co-produce great programmes. In our work with young people, that means support for peer-learning. For example, our WASSUP programme in Suffolk worked with young women from more newly arrived communities to create a programme that challenged domestic violence and sexual abuse. In Wales, our SAFE project supports young women with a learning need or disability to identify appropriate and safe relationships.
Over the next year we want to utilize our new impact framework to enable us to know the social and economic background of our volunteers. With this data, we will be able to track over time whether we are on course to meet our commitment to involve a proportionately greater number of people from disadvantaged communities. We will be revisiting Youth Social Action in Health and Care Toolkit in 2018, refreshing it and relaunching it as our joint contribution to NHS70 celebrations.