Olivia Tinker and Alysia Leigh helped to produce a booklet for Epping Forest which lets youths know where they can volunteer

Alysia Leigh and Olivia Tinker

Alysia Leigh and Olivia Tinker

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Two girls who were desperate to spend their spare time helping others have produced a booklet to guide young people through volunteering.

This week, Epping Forest Youth Councillors Olivia Tinker and Alysia Leigh Speak Out about the 'travel wallet' which they have produced.

Miss Tinker, a student at Roding Valley High School, explained that people under the age of 18 find it difficult to find voluntary roles.

She said: “Last year we heard a couple of reports saying that young people were really keen to get involved in volunteering in the district but they were having a lot of problems.

We thought that was such a shame because volunteering is a really valuable opportunity.

“Seventy-three percent of employers say they would be more likely to employ someone with volunteering experience.”

Now, the duo have worked with Voluntary Action Epping Forest to produce a small booklet which gives information on where under 18s can help out.

It gives details of a website which can help to find placements.

The travel wallet has been distributed to secondary schools in the area.
 

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