New Year, Fresh Start – course promotes volunteering as a route to employability


A new course designed to give young people practical employability skills through volunteering will start in January 2013 in Falkirk and Fife.

Aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 25, the 12-week course will help with skills such as preparing a CV, public speaking, understanding job adverts and completing application forms. The course will also help each young person to identify their strengths, set goals and develop a plan to achieve them.

The course is run by SmartLiving (part of LinkLiving Ltd) which already provides an award winning volunteer Peer Education service to young people in Falkirk and Fife on their housing options.

On completion of the course, each young person will have the opportunity to become a volunteer Peer Educator with SmartLiving or to take advantage of other volunteering opportunities (such as working with older people, gaining retail experience, carrying out administration tasks in an office environment) or to undertake further training to help achieve their goals.

Natalie Sneddon, a former SmartLiving volunteer who gained a full-time work placement said: ”They [SmartLiving staff] were very supportive and friendly, which I believe helped me gain employment.”

Young people who volunteer with SmartLiving benefit from one-to-one practical and emotional support and access to accredited training.

The new skills they develop and the experience they gain through volunteering is crucial in today’s job market. SmartLiving has an excellent track record of supporting young people to take the next step towards a job. In 2012, 13 young people gained employment whilst 21 young people continued with volunteering or pursued further training.

Falkirk course starts on 28th January and will be held at Park Street Community Centre.  Fife Course starts on 1st February and will be held at West Bridge Mill, Kirkcaldy

If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from taking part in this course and becoming a volunteer then please call 0845 002 0819.