Young people are often caught in a Catch 22 situation – they need work experience to get a job, but without a job they can’t get work experience.
But one young man from Aylesbury believes he has found a solution to the dilemma – volunteering – and he’s encouraging youngsters to consider donating their time.
With Fixers, Andrew Booth has made a film showing how he got a job as a restaurant manager after working for Aylesbury Youth Action, a charity which provides opportunities for people aged 14 to 24 to volunteer in the community.
The 19-year-old, who has worked with the elderly and children with disabilities, says: ‘Volunteering gave me the experience I lacked and boosted my self-confidence.
‘Hearing stories from other people has enabled me to engage with people on a personal level.’
Andrew thinks many young people shy away from volunteering because it’s unpaid.
He says: ‘In school I’d sometimes get asked “why are you doing it if you don’t get paid?”, but it’s not about the money - it's about putting a smile on someone’s face.
‘People do hobbies without getting paid like sports. This is my hobby and it can make you a lot more employable too.
‘It makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. Like I’m making people feel better about themselves.’
The group launched their film during an event last month at Aylesbury Youth Action to around 150 people.
One person at the event said: ‘Great to see young people doing positive things in their own communities and helping inspire other young people to volunteer.’
Fixers Young Person’s Coordinator, Wesley Erpen commented: ‘Andrew really got engaged with the idea that young people should volunteer.
‘I’ve spoken to numerous people in Aylesbury, who say that he is a leading example when it comes to helping others.’
This project was supported by Heart of Bucks.
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