Help break down barriers and improve the experiences of young people who volunteer ‘full time’

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20 September, 2017
The Government is looking to better support charities and young people to participate in ‘full-time social action’. It is consulting with young people and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to find out how the full-time volunteering experience can be improved, and common barriers could be overcome.
The review will gather evidence on the current opportunities available, the current status of full-time volunteers, the impact of full-time social action on young people and their communities.
VCSE organisations can submit evidence, and are encouraged to support the young people they work with – and those that volunteer for their organisation – to take part too.
What does ‘social action’ mean?
Social action is a kind of practical action carried out in the service of others to create positive change. This includes fundraising, supporting charities, tutoring and mentoring, supporting other people and campaigning.
What is ‘full time’ social action?
Though there is no widely-held definition of what ‘full time’ means (in terms of days and hours), the Government defines ‘full time’ as, on average, at least 16 hours a week of social action activities carried out for 6 months or more.
What does the Government need to know?
The Government has already done some fact-finding, however there are still important knowledge gaps to address. VCSE organisations and young people are asked to help with the following questions:
  1. What experience have you had of full time social action / volunteering, either as a young person or as a provider for young people?
  2. What impact does full time social action / volunteering have on young people and providers in comparison to part time social action / volunteering?
  3. What are the barriers to full time social action / volunteering and can you give examples of how these might be overcome?
  4. Should there be an expansion of full time social action / volunteering opportunities for young people, and do you have any evidence of unmet need or demand?
  5. If you were to propose up to three things to enable more full time social action / volunteering, what would they be?
How to submit evidence
Evidence can be submitted in writing to: 
Youth Policy Team, 
4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, 
Deadline and word limit
The deadline for evidence to be submitted is Friday 13th October 2017. Please limit your evidence to 500 words maximum.
Results and recommendations
The Review will use the evidence gathered to make recommendations to Government by the end of December 2017.
If you do not consent to your evidence being published please make sure that you clearly state this, and the reasons why, in your evidence. The Review will not be able to acknowledge every piece of evidence received but may contact you to discuss your evidence in more detail. If you do not wish to be contacted in this way, please say so in your evidence.
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