Jonathan Christie, Deputy UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“The consultation with the MSYPs and the responses provided in the survey are absolutely invaluable. These additional insights from young people will allow us to further explore how YPI can support and contribute to sustained youth social activism.”
A report produced by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations alongside YPI found that volunteering by young people increased almost 20% between 2009 and 2016, with more than half of those aged under 24 now giving time to a wide variety of causes. The main drivers for volunteering were having fun and learning new skills.
Jonathan Christie added:
“As part of the efforts focussed on Developing the Young Workforce, the role of the third sector is vital in terms of the vast and diverse array of career pathways alongside the skills development opportunities presented by volunteering. Philanthropic and social activism education can only be supportive for Scotland’s economy and civil society.”
During the consultation, the MSYPs reinforced the need to promote the benefits of volunteering to young people, as well as providing pathways and platforms to allow them to make a difference.