We’ve heard a lot through the discussions here and elsewhere about all the different ideas for getting young people to take action in their communities and change things for the better. No-one says it’s a bad idea. There are many proposals from all sorts of bodies for how it could and should be done and no doubt there will be many more. But ….. only 40% currently do it on a regular basis. If you... Read more
almost 2 years ago
Loads of films concentrate on a character rising from the slums or such as, but you never see the character as being a community... do you think this is an issue, could it be even promoting a greed?
Honestly I think you need more media coverage on the experince of volenteer work. I found that I enjoyed the work I have done in the past but I was aprehensive before hand as to how fun it would really be.
Not wanting to do it alone but struggling to get friends on board is a big issue for young people. Its most certainly an issue for me. No- one wants to turn up alone and spend the day doing good work in isolation. So creating an environment where people can get to know eachother, introductions and team building is important. Also time- we might be 'youth' but many of us work so we'd be giving up... Read more
I think a lot of it is that community groups aren't always that good at publicising their volunteering oppurtunities to student unions etc, and don't think of students as a good and easy pool of helpers. Also, until the recent changes, the disclosure system was a complete nightmare for anyone moving flats etc on a yearly basis - though hopefully this particular barrier will no longer be an issue.
Over the last few months I’ve watched with interest the growing participation in Big Society’s Big Mouth but more importantly, the emerging themes and concerns of participants. The contributions have been magnificent, thought provoking and challenging. I hope to comment on some of the dominant issues as the project comes to its natural end. The first topic I want to reflect on is the high level... Read more
almost 2 years ago
Natalie don't despair it happens to everyone! But you are right is a massive circle you have the correct paper certifcates but not the work experince to go with them becuase you were in college getting the paper!
Yes it is hard when you get stuck in that loop - it happened to me. I wanted to do media but that is SO about who you know, even to get work experience, and I didn't know anyone. In the end I did some volunteering with a youth magazine and ended up getting a job. So maybe volunteering helps to iron out some of the unfairness that seems to go with work experience and placements?
Would just like to update this, after asking the question to some young people, here are some answers I've received.
What I asked.
"Quick question for you. We hear employers are really concerned for those young people who appear not to be ready for or interested in work.
They say young people are rejecting work.
Is this true? Any of you looking for job and want/interested to work? "
Richard... Read more
I'm reading back through some old topics. Is that a real question or one to cause debate? Most people don't exactly choose to have no job or education, it just gets forced onto them whether they like it or not.