- 10 Oct, 2019
- Time: 1:50pm
- Locations: Mercure Brisbane
- Speaker: Queensland Family and Child Commission and Madison Birtchnell
In 2018, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) undertook the Growing up in Queensland project. This project connected with over 7,000 young Queenslanders aged between four and 18 years, to hear their thoughts, views and opinions about their community, hopes and dreams and their most important issues.
Children and young people reported that volunteering is a good way to gain useful skills to improve future employability and to give back to their community. However, children and young people also said they were often prevented from volunteering because of their age.
To further explore their concerns, the QFCC conducted a survey of children with young people on volunteering. The QFCC also worked with Volunteering Queensland to speak to volunteer-involving organisations across Queensland about ways to increase and support youth volunteering.
The findings are in the Volunteering: Growing up in Queensland issues paper, with a particular focus on:
- employment and economic outcomes
- individual and community wellbeing
- barriers and opportunities.
This presentation will outline the findings of the issues paper with some opportunities for further discussion.
Madison Birtchnell, recipient of the Qld Youth Volunteering Award 2019 will also share her inspiring story and thoughts for removing barriers for young people to volunteer.