The European Solidarity Corps can provide funding to involve young people aged 18 to 30 years old as volunteers in activities that address important societal issues. Further information about the funding and an example of how it has been used by the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales can be found here. Volunteering Matters Wales have also had a young volunteer with them in recent weeks looking specifically at raising awareness of NEET’s. More information can be found on their Facebook page. If you would like to get involved in Volunteering or Traineeships and Jobs projects, you need to have a Quality Label, which you can still apply for until 30th August 2020, to secure your certification in time to apply for funding by 1st October.
The European Solidarity Corps also supports youth-led activities, enabling groups of young people to set up and run their own projects locally. Solidarity Projects offer a great opportunity for young people to develop their skills while taking social action wherever they live in the UK. Young people can get support from an organisation with their application and project management. A Quality Label is not required for this type of project. You can read about a successful Solidarity Project, the FRED campaign, here.
This funding can be of great benefit to organisations and the young people they support.