Youth social action stats and opportunities

The annual Youth Social Action survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI for Step Up to Serve, shows a small rise in meaningful social action carried out by 10- to 20-year-olds in the UK.

Scotland’s Third Force News point out that youngsters north of the border “do more for their community than others” – although it is only a small difference, 44% as against 42. Children and Young People Now highlights that involvement varies depending on a range of factors, for instance those from poorer families less likely to take part.

NCVO’s head of research also shares “a few quick reflections on what I think is particularly interesting”. As the differences in participation above are statistically insignificant, he reckons that the rates should be seen as stable.

Radio 1 encourages youth volunteering

Quite separately, Radio 1, the BBC station which aims for an under 30 audience, is working with four featured charities to highlight volunteering opportunities. These are Age UK, Barnardo’s, Cancer Research UK and Oxfam.

As reported by Third Force News, Radio 1 and 1Xtra will shine a spotlight on all things volunteering in a bid to show the benefits of volunteering for young people.

See the BBC’s #1millionhours campaign page.