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Posted On: 12th May 2015

Volunteer For Employment

Fixer Sarah Underdown
Sarah's Fixers leaflet
The leaflet offers information on where to volunteer

Highlighting the benefits of volunteering, Sarah Underdown wants to show unemployed young people that it can be a great route back into work.

The 24-year-old from Southend in Essex says that gaining skills through voluntary work boosted her confidence.


‘I now want to help other young people gain or get back into employment through volunteering,’ explains Sarah.


‘I went through a period of unemployment and I found it really hard. Volunteering with young people kept me going.’


With Fixers, Sarah has helped create a leaflet in the style of a comic book, urging those struggling to find jobs to try unpaid work as a way of keeping active, motivated and positive.


As well as giving tips on where to volunteer, Sarah also shares her story in the leaflet.


‘I gained friends and it provided me with training,’ she says.


‘I learned new skills. I ended up volunteering on and off for about two years.’


To read Sarah’s Fixers leaflet 'Job Seekers Assemble: A Handy Way To Get Back Into Work', click on the image below.

 

Youth Unemployment

Sarah hopes that by sharing her resource with young people, she will be able to encourage others to develop their skills while they’re out of work.   

‘I want to hand them out in job centres, youth centres and colleges,’ she adds.

‘I hope that people will take the advice from the leaflet and start volunteering.’

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Sarah has also been talking about her Fixers project on TV.
Watch her broadcast film.

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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