VAST were contacted by the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College at the beginning of September to visit their campus to promote volunteering to their students.

Since the COVID pandemic, it has become harder and harder to gain work experience relevant to students chosen career paths so the need for volunteer placements has grown. The college has identified the need to promote volunteering as a fantastic way to boost students CVs and employability skills.

Sian, one of our Project Officers, arranged to go into the college several times in September and October to promote volunteering and its benefits. These visits were always extremely valuable with around 15 young people signing up directly to volunteer, and many others strongly considering whether they should volunteer.

Jax, one of their students said “Sian did a fantastic job of promoting the different volunteering opportunities available, and it was really informative.” Jax has now signed up to become one of VAST’s Community Health Champions!

Linda who is the Work Experience Co-ordinator stated that “The link with VAST has been so beneficial and an eye opener for both staff and students, this is because when Sian comes into college, she introduces students to well extended charity organisations that students can get involved in. It has further given students a great insight to the benefit of volunteering and giving back to their local communities. Long may this continue.”