The “I will” scheme has seen a number of young people volunteering at community events in Amesbury. The Amesbury Youth Forum have engaged a number of willing young people to help at a variety of events. Young people have been learning a variety of skills from First Aid, Stewarding and Food Safety so they can get voluntary positions at major festivals in the future.
So far a Litter Pick, a Youth Festival, several cultural events and carnivals have benefitted from our youth, who have helped erect Marquees, cleared up litter, and escorted young performers in processions. Not only do they get a better idea of the scale of work that goes into putting on an event but they get to take part in residential activities and festivals for free. This summer will see them in Suffolk for the Fun Festival, The Purbeck Folk Festival, and the Wilkswood Reggae Festival. More opportunities will no doubt arise as they pick up experience at these events.
“Its a win win all round.” Said Jonathan of Wessex Community Action. “These people are getting amazing life enriching experiences, and the communities are benefitting from their efforts. Over 20 people aged between 13 and 16 have taken part this year, but we are hoping this will be increased in future projects. Its the first time we have done this and we have had to adapt our plans and methods as we go along. But I am delighted with the outcomes so far. However, we have a lot to do and a lot to learn.