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In the Know – Make a difference in the world!
When young people are faced with injustice, they are keen to change things for the better. However, they are often told that they are too young to make a significant difference and to leave it to the grown-ups. This is not true! Young people can and should help where they can. Here are three amazing programmes that young people can volunteer with to make a positive impact in different issues:
British Red Cross: Volunteering with the Red Cross is about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in your community and around the world. It also gives you the chance to develop new skills and gain confidence, whether it’s performing first aid, giving presentations or pricing merchandise. Volunteering opportunities are available for young people aged 15-18, and you can find how to apply here.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA): The PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity providing free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promoting responsible pet ownership. Volunteers at PDSA can start at 14 years old, and young people, passionate about animals can help by donating their time or volunteering in one of the shops. Find out more about the programme and how to join here.
The Lynk Up Crew (LUC): The LUC is a group of young Londoners aged 7-15, who meet monthly to address the issues young Londoners face and also contribute to shaping policies that affect young people. Some issues that they have worked on include obesity, the environment, bullying, families, labelling, and drug and alcohol addiction. They are currently recruiting new members, so if you are interested in the opportunity to become part of their team, please follow this link.
Young people are going to be the leaders of the world someday, so they should be given ample opportunities to make a difference now. The GT Scholars programme is committed to inspiring and motivating young people to take the initiative to bring about positive change. If you want to know more about how we can help your child to improve their leadership skills and reach their future goals, then contact us or give us a call on 02088168066. If you want to stay updated on great opportunities and events for your child, feel free to sign up to our parent newsletter here.