We encourage young people aged 14 to 19 to take responsibility and give them the opportunity to volunteer in sessions. Volunteering gives young people self-esteem, confidence, empowerment and a sense of responsibility, as they take a lead in advocating for their peers and help provide the youth service they want to see.
Volunteering opportunities are tailored to fit individual young people, who choose which age group and activities to get involved with, which qualifications to aim for, and how much time they are able to commit to volunteering. Salmon is committed to meeting young people where they are at and enabling them to move on from there to bigger and greater things.
As they grow in confidence and ability, young leaders are entrusted with more and more responsibility. As well as volunteering and training the young leaders also take part in regular social activties to have fun and get to know each other better as a group.
Young leaders play a vital part in enabling others to make the most of Salmon’s incredible facilities. But they also play a much more significant role – and one that adult volunteers and staff struggle with: empowering the young people who come to Salmon. Young leaders give the young people in Bermondsey proof that it is possible for all of them to make a success of their lives, help others and make a difference in the community.
Click here if you are interested in becoming a young leader at Salmon.