Volunteering: Teenagers can keep themselves busy and improve their CV


The fortnightly column from the Volunteer Centre at Bossard House, West Street, Leighton Buzzard

Are you 13-18 years old? Then it’s time for the school summer holidays, so what do you plan to do this summer?

Go to the beach? Hang out with friends? Why not do something good for your local community?

You can do something as a group with your friends, and better still you’ll get a certificate for doing it!

The Volunteer Centre in Leighton Buzzard is part of the Central Youth Volunteering Project that helps young people to get their volunteering accredited.

It looks great on your CV or UCAS applications, will help you develop your employability skills and can be a great way to meet new people and do something a little different.

There are a wide variety of things you could do, from helping out at summer events, getting some office experience, writing articles for newsletters, helping out in a local charity shop, getting involved in sport, befriending someone with disabilities, helping out in a café or youth club.

There is also the opportunity to get involved with inspecting the services provided to young people in the area or help children with their reading in the local library.

If you are interested in becoming involved you will need to register with the Volunteer Centre so please contact Emily Smith, the Youth Volunteering Adviser on 01525 850559 or email Emily@action-central-beds.org.uk to find out more.

If you are interested in the above opportunities, or would like to find out more information about volunteering in general, then give Volunteer Centre Central Bedfordshire a call to find out more.

Based in Leighton Buzzard town centre (near the multi-storey car park) an advisor will be happy to meet with you and can offer free advice on all the roles available; talking through what might suit you.

Call 01525 850559, weekdays 9.30am-3.30pm or email volunteer@action-centralbeds.org.uk.

You can discover more about the opportunities in your area by taking a look at www.do-it.org.uk, simply by entering your interests and postcode.