Eleven charities join coalition to improve volunteering services for youths

Generation Change will create common standards and themes for youth social action programmes, says Tom McLaren Webb of BeatBullying

Tom McLaren Webb
Tom McLaren Webb

Thirteen youth organisations have formed a coalition to improve volunteering services for young people.

Generation Change comprises 11 charities, including BeatBullying and vInspired, as well as the social enterprise Year Here and the independent training organisation Future Foundations.

A survey of 843 young people carried out by BeatBullying, an online anti-bullying charity, found that 94 per cent thought there should be more volunteering opportunities for young people. More than half (53 per cent) said they would get involved in more social action if opportunities were publicised more, and 86 per cent said schools and universities should give more recognition to volunteering activities.

The coalition will develop a set of standard impact measures for social action, share good practice ideas and attempt to raise the profile of youth volunteering. It will also try to make it easier for young people involved with one organisation to work with another by developing common standards to help young people.

Tom McLaren Webb, deputy chief executive of BeatBullying, said Generation Change would "create a set of common standards and themes for youth social action programmes" and that the present lack of a set of common metrics made it difficult to say which organisations offered good quality.

"Our aim would be to raise the bar across the board," he said.

The other members are Ashoka, City Year, Envision, Fixers, Free The Children, Student Hubs, The Challenge Network, UnLtd and UpRising.

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