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#iwill launch new report on youth volunteering

25 September 2015

The #iwill campaign has developed recommendations for health and social care organisations that will enable more young people to support the vital services they provide.

A new report from the #iwill campaign highlights the potential value of increasing social action opportunities for under-20s in health and social care settings, and has produced a set of recommendations on doing this. Volunteers are crucial in health and social care, and there is increasing evidence that volunteering can help transform health and social care services, and bring about real improvements for patients and the wider public. By opening up more opportunities for young people to volunteer, campaign, and fundraise in health and social care settings, a new generation could be developed who are more aware of how to look after themselves and those around them.

Reflecting on examples from 20 organisations across the UK, including 2 in Northern Ireland, that successfully use young volunteers, the report explores the barriers to getting young people involved, and provides suggested solutions. The recommendations also highlight that the young people involved will develop skills that may lead to employment in the sector, therefore widening the diversity of the health and social care workforce.

Download the full report at www.iwill.org.uk/ysa-in-health-and-social-care

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