In 2010 to celebrate World Mental Health Day, partners across Manchester, led by the Joint Health Unit (now Public Health Manchester) developed the GiveGetGo campaign in order to promote the emotional well-being benefits of volunteering amongst 16 - 25 year olds. The second phase of the project is now happening.
GiveVetGo! Volunteering Programme
Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are now delivering the GiveGetGo! Project. This exciting project aims to support groups of young people through a 3 session programme focusing on volunteering.
Emotional wellbeing is a key theme throughout the project aiming to draw out the ways in which volunteering can encourage and enhance young people’s wellbeing. This programme is open to existing groups of young people who are aged 16-25 and live in Manchester. GMYN are also looking to recruit individual young people to form groups to participate in this project.
The 3 sessions are as follows:
• A ‘Get Involved’ session, introducing the idea of volunteering and promoting the benefits for their personal development and emotional well-being. (We can also incorporate a small scale immediately accessible volunteering activity into the session.)
• ‘Give It a Go’ Group Volunteering Activity. The young people will be able to choose a group volunteering activity from a range of options. Previous activities have included conservation work at the Agricultural Rural Centre in Romiley; a photo booth and the Age Concern Tea Dance in Wythenshawe, letter writing in support of prisoners of conscience through the Amnesty International campaign, building bird boxes and bird feeders for local parks and decorating cubes with messages about maternal mortality for Oxfam’s Pramble Campaign.
• A ‘Go Forward’ session where the young people: Reflect on their volunteering to identify how they have benefited/what they have learnt and the impact on their emotional wellbeing. Look at how they can move on to further volunteering and other progression routes such as accredited volunteering, training and employment.
If you are a worker who would like GMYN to deliver a GiveGetGo! programme with young people at your project or a young person who would like to get involved contact Myrtle Finley, on 0161 274 3299 / 0779 065 4952, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.