Today we attended The Big Futures Show at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne. The show is the largest employability and skills event in East Sussex with over 100 inspiring and interactive exhibitors. It is targeted at students with their school or college but also students as general visitors; teachers and career advisors; parents, carers and guardians; and anyone looking for work or training.
What we learnt from the show is that there are lots of 14-16yr olds who want to volunteer, but they are being told they are too young. As a result we will be working on actively encouraging local organisations that engage with volunteers to consider roles for this age group. We will be liaising with local schools to make sure our young people, a very valuable resource, can benefit from the work experience they will gain by volunteering.