Speaking Out: Youth councillors tackle volunteering problems (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Olivia Tinker and Alysia Leigh helped to produce a booklet for Epping Forest which lets youths know where they can volunteer
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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