Give More Get More engaged volunteers over 50 to support a young disabled person leaving full time education and transitioning in to the next stage of their life. The inter-generational project aimed to help these young people plan their next steps after education and inspire them to set goals. Next steps could be further education, employment, volunteering or another avenue such as developing confidence to use public transport or improving social skills.
We know that there is a gap in focused impartial support for young disabled people and their families after education. Not everyone has access to the advice and guidance needed to plan their next stage in life and this can lead to feeling lonely and unfulfilled or even returning to the care system in the future due to a deterioration of skills or health. But this does not have to be the case.
An intensive volunteering opportunity, Give More Get More volunteers spent up to 15 hours a week over a three month period mentoring a young disabled person, with the aim of helping them to produce an action plan for their next steps at the end of their time together. This time included training from the National Development Team for Inclusion and support for the volunteer, and saw huge positive rewards for beneficiary and volunteer alike.