This week has been a wonderful week of student volunteering with organisations, like Interact and events like the Big Challenge making it a great one. JVN has also been out and about meeting a variety of students and youth movement leaders from around the country (but more about that later!). Student Volunteering Week 2012 has a few days left still to run and highlights how young people like Josephine make huge contributions to our society. One of the organisations that have made its own huge mark this week has been vinspired and they spoke to us about their brilliant Team v program. Enjoy!
Tell us about Team v
Team v is an exciting new programme powered by young people both who are socially aware and want to encourage positive change in their communities. Team v gives 18 – 25 year old volunteers the chance to change the world one social action campaign at a time. Team v leaders also have the opportunity to deliver the campaigns and be responsible for managing team budgets, recruiting volunteers and much more besides.
What campaigns have Team v been involved with?
The first campaign that Team v focused on was Food Poverty. With 1 in 4 families in the UK living in Food Poverty Team v leaders were tasked with raising awareness of this social issue. Leaders gathered food donations for those that needed it most in their communities. At the final count Team v leaders involved 308 volunteers, collected a staggering 20,682 food items and helped 6,629 individuals with the food they collected.
That is truly inspiring. And not exactly the image of young people so often portrayed in the media!
Absolutely. We really believe that young people and older people need to meet more often to dispel some of these myths and in fact Team v leaders are now running their second campaign which tackles loneliness and isolation amongst older people. 1 in 10 older people suffer from intense loneliness and isolation, a startling figure that needs to change. So far Team v leaders have held some fantastic focus groups with older people. Leaders are rolling out some great social events including baking sessions, tea parties, computer classes, quiz nights, photo montage afternoons and creative writing sessions.
We can all agree that is some amazing volunteering
We definitely think so! We’ve got a third and final Team v leaders campaign coming up which is soon to be revealed, so keep an eye out for that.
We certainly will. Is the campaign still open to join?
People can still get involved in our loneliness campaign and the next campaign offers a great opportunity for young people to get involved in doing good as leaders. During their year on Team v, leaders receive a great training package, a range of toolkits and collateral as well as the opportunity to apply for a scholarship of up to £1,000 to help plan their future. Applications for next year’s leaders open in May 2012 so put the date in your diary!
To find out more about the fantastic work of Team v, visit www.vinspired.com/teamv. For other student/young people volunteering – whether internships, exciting Purim or other one-off volunteering opportunities or just general opportunities visit www.jvn.org.uk.