If young people engage in social action, it benefits both them and the communities around them.

That’s the message behind #iwillweek, part of the UK-wide #iwill campaign. The goal is to make social action part of life for as many 10-20 year olds as possible by 2020. The campaigne is organised by Step Up to Serve.

As a charity that trains volunteers for the substance misuse and wellbeing sectors, and sees the benefit our service gets from the volunteering programmes they participate in, NewLink Wales is a keen advocate of volunteer work.

(See also: NewLink Wales receives Investing in Volunteers Award for Third Time Running)

Can young people help us figure out the way forward?

Our CEO, Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, is keen to spread the word. She’s hosting an #iwill campaign event today (22nd November) as a trustee of WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action). The event is centred around the role of young people in charity trusteeship.

Young people make up a considerable slice of the UK population, and frequently engage with, or are helped by, a range of different charities and organisations – but their voices aren’t always heard when it comes to actually deciding how the 3rd sector should operate, or how it's governed.

If we can encourage more young people to take up the role of Trustee, we can take notice of their views, harness their enthusiasm – and benefit from their ideas for the future.

Pledging support

Volunteering matters throughout the third sector, across the UK, and in the lives of many, whether they themselves volunteer, or have been supported by those that do.

The #iwill campaign asks organisations who have seen the benefit of those countless hours put in by volunteers to make a pledge of support - a few ways in which they’ll be working together to make the campaign’s goals happen.

We’ll be pledging our support, too, finding ways to tell more young people about voluntary work, and why it’s something that’s seriously worth their time.

We’ll update here when we’ve got the full details of our pledge together.

Where can I get more information?

The #iwill website is the best place to find out more about the campaign, what those involved want to achieve, and why it matters. There's a twitter account, too.

If you want to know more about volunteering with NewLink Wales, or you think one of or Volunteer programmes may help your or someone you know move forward from recovery, you'll want to see our Volunteer Services page.

You're also welcome to get in touch with us if there's anything you need to know.