Dozens of Boston College students who have completed training to demonstrate their interest in volunteering and help their own personal development came together for a presentation event. In a partnership between the college and Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), 68 students as well as some staff were presented with the Lincolnshire Volunteer Card.
The card is awarded after a 12-hour course and proves the holder has received basic training in subjects such as health and safety, safeguarding, customer care and confidentiality.
Holding the card demonstrates to both the voluntary and paid sector that individuals have some knowledge of what it takes to make a valuable contribution.
David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said:
It is wonderful to see young people being introduced to the idea of volunteering and we are hopeful that many of the students who have completed the training will take up volunteer roles to contribute to their communities.
Volunteering benefits others but it also has great benefits for the individuals who do it, not least in demonstrating their employability to would-be bosses. Volunteers can gain valuable experience in their own areas of interest, show themselves to be self-starters and demonstrate their ability to be effective within organisations.
Amanda Mosek, Boston College principal, said:
The college is very, very supportive of the volunteer card because we see it as making our students and young people more employable.
If they have experience of volunteering, employers are more likely to give them jobs.
We also encourage students to get involved in the local community and getting them to support volunteering does that.
Students and staff were presented with their volunteer cards at Peter Paine Sports Centre, Roseberry Avenue, Boston at 10am on Wednesday, February 25.
Lincolnshire Volunteer Card training is free and available to anyone aged 16 and over. Following training, learners receive a certificate and unique Lincolnshire Volunteer Card, which is recognised by organisations countywide.
The Lincolnshire Volunteer Card has been awarded to more than 2,000 people countywide, with independent evaluation showing that 77 per cent found it improved their experience of volunteering. Learners also mentioned increased confidence and enhanced job skills.
LCVS delivers Lincolnshire Volunteer Card training on behalf of Children’s Links, which manages the Lincolnshire Volunteer Card project for Lincolnshire County Council. For more information visit www.childrenslinks.org.uk