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Let's Talk Youth Volunteering

20 June 2013

Young people and MLAs have been discussing youth volunteering and how barriers can be overcome

Over sixty young people, MLAs, workers, civil servants and partners involved in Let's Talk event, an interactive discussion on youth volunteering at Parliament Buildings. The event was organised by YouthAction Northern Ireland, Public Achievement, Save the Children, Volunteer Now and the Northern Ireland Assembly as part of their work to reduce the barriers which prevent disadvantaged young adults, aged 16-25 years, from making a positive transition into employment, training or back into education.

As well as allowing the young people to explore isses with their peers, they were joined by MLAs Ross Hussey, Sammy Douglas,  Mike Nesbitt, Chris Lyttle and Pat Sheehan to discuss how the barriers to youth volunteering can be overcome. The issues discussed on the day had been chosen by a panel of young people from across Northern Ireland and included conversations on how volunteering plays a vital role in helping to suppport those not in education, employment or training as well as having a positive impact on mental health issues, community relations and personal development. The group also explored how relations between the PSNI and other generations are developed and the need for mutual respect to be earned.

All those on the day agreed to take actions that they can take part to their peer groups, organisations or constituency to make a positive change in our communities and support more young people into volunteering.

Click here for more information about this event and for a summary of the discussions.