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YAVE has a rave for volunteers

Published Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Young people from Youth Action Volunteer Enfield (YAVE) are having a party to celebrate another year of youth volunteering in the borough.

Over 500 young people, aged 16- 19 have been volunteering in Enfield for 15, 30 or 50 hours between five and 16 weeks.

They often work with older people, charity shops, and young people with special educational needs; or take part in sports coaching or youth led projects.

YAVE has been working with Connexions, the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and youth centres to place young people ‘Not in Education Employment or Training’ (NEETs) on volunteering programmes.

An inclusion project for young people with special educational needs has been very successful. One young person from Inclusion working in the YAVE office for the last eight weeks has become a valuable team member.

Fifteen young people from Inclusion have been working hard on a Zumba performance which will be a key part of the YAVE and Inclusion celebration.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, "Congratulations to YAVE and the volunteers. YAVE proves that young people are doing valuable work volunteering on community projects. This can help them learn new skills and grow in confidence and many young people report that the experience helps them to get a university place or job."

This year youth led projects have been a focus for YAVE volunteers.

  • Ten young people worked on information and advice posters about drugs, relationships; healthy eating; sexual health and being different. These posters are displayed at two Enfield youth advice centres.
  • Everybody Loves Music (ELM) involved 22 young people at the Alan Pullinger Centre in Southgate, writing their own music, playing instruments and performing for the local community.
  • The Enfield Games was an Olympic inspired event attracting young people to plan a sporting event for other young people from youth centres across Enfield.
  • Delirium magazine was produced by 14 young people providing information and entertainment for other young people throughout the borough. It was sent to all the sixth forms and libraries in Enfield.

196 young people completed forms explaining how volunteering helps them improve their skills and knowledge

Skills and knowledge Number of young people

Increased Social Skills

158

Increased confidence

159

Leadership Skills

86

Planning

75

Reviewing and Evaluating

66

Problem Solving/Decision making

131

Better knowledge of career choices

78

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