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Project information

Volunteering Programme for Young Unemployed People

With unemployment rates at 20% amongst the 18-24's and rising faster than the jobless rate, the aim is to give unemployed young people the skills and experience they need to better compete in today’s difficult job market. The project will also benefit Giving World's wider charitable work.

January 2012 - December 2012

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  • Need


    According to the Office for National Statistics 1 in 5 young people are out of work. Joblessness has a knock-on effect on a young person’s self-esteem, emotional stability and overall wellbeing. They are more likely to feel ashamed, rejected and unloved. The longer they are unemployed the more likely they are to experience psychological scarring and be prone to health issues, drug and alcohol addictions, homelessness or worse.


    The issue is that many young people do not demonstrate work readiness to potential employers. The project will overcome this by helping each young person to explore and understand their motivations, personal goals and work aspirations. A 3 month structured and comprehensive work placement (in a defined discipline) will be planned. Each yong person will gain personal and work development/employability skills, enhanced CV's, employer's reference; providing a competitive edge to gaining employment

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide unemployed young people with structured training and work experience/volunteering placements


    » Recruit a Volunteer Coordinator
    » The Volunteer coordinator will liaise with with local agencies to recruit young unemployed people to the programme
    » The Volunteer coordinator will organise and monitor work placements, either at Giving World or with one of our 150+ Leicester partner charities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 36 young people reporting improved employment credentials, helping them accomplish work based and personal goals.

    Aim 2

    Increase the chances for young unemployed people to gain relevant work


    » Determine each young person's motivations, personal goals and work aspirations.
    » Develop a structured and comprehensive 3 month training and work experience/volunteering placement.
    » Provide coaching in CV writing; interview skills; attitude, motivation and workplace behaviour; presentation and communication skills.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 85% (30) of the young people gaining paid employment within 6 months of taking part in the programme.

    Aim 3

    Increase volunteering resources within Giving World and other Leicestershire charities


    » Liaise with partner charities and community groups to determine appropriate projects that meet the young person's goals and aspirations.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a minimum of 6048 additional volunteering hours offered to Leicestershire charities, furthering each charity’s work with vulnerable beneficiaries.

  • Impact


    Long term changes of the project include:
    Employability skills
    Enhanced CV’s
    Employer’s reference
    Personal development skills
    Reduced feelings of isolation and unworthiness
    Improved self-esteem and confidence
    The potential for continued volunteering
    Increased capacity in the voluntary sector
    Lower jobless rates

    We will assess each young person's skills, experiences and feelings at the start of the project and monitor and record their progress throughout the project.


    There is a risk of the young people undertaking work experience opportunities that they do not find beneficial to their needs. To deal with this risk we will help the young people to assess their own needs and desired outcomes before assigning them to a volunteering opportunity. The Volunteering coordinator will also monitor each placement on a weekly basis to ensure needs and aims are being met.


    An interim evaluation of the project will be carried out after 6 months and a full evaluation at 12 months and the results reported to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,034

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,732 Volunteer Co-ordinator salary Salary & on costs
      £3,264 Volunteer expenses Bus fares and misc expenses
      £3,038 Utilities Utilities and overheads
  • Background


    Areas of Leicester have some of the highest deprivation and unemployment rates in the country. In the city of Leicester 19.7% of working adults are in receipt of key out of work benefits.


    Unemployed young people in Leicestershire will benefit with greater employment skills, Leicestershire charities and community groups will gain additional human resource that will further help their beneficiaries, Leicestershire voluntary sector will have an increased capacity, and the county will benefit from retaining more of its graduates

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Last year we partnered with Leicester City Council to deliver the Future Jobs Fund in Leicestershire. We provided training and work experience placements for 22 young unemployed people. All of the trainees had been unemployed for more than 6 months, 10 had been unemployed for over 12 months. After the 12 month scheme 19 (86%) of the trainees moved into permanent employment or returned to full time study.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rama Bhalla

    Rama is the Projects Director and Founder of Giving World. She has extensive project management experience and volunteers at a youth group.

    Volunteer Cooridnator

    This will be a new role funded by the project. The Volunteer Coordinator will be key to ensuring each placement meets the young person's goals.