Volunteering has seen a boom during the pandemic, more than 10 million people volunteered in their community during the coronavirus crisis. This ranged from the army of NHS volunteers to people informally supporting their neighbours.
As well as the volunteers in our foodbanks and hospitals, at Street League we had our own army of online volunteers who offer skills-based support. Each volunteering session offers young people 1-2-1 support, helping them to develop their CVs or practice their interview technique.
Online was never going to be a replacement for in person volunteering and experience, but we were quick to make sure we made the move so young people didn’t miss out. Moving our volunteering opportunities online helped us reach more young people from a wider geographical area, as well as making it easier for our volunteers who find it hard to get away from their desks. We were quick to adapt, holding our first online volunteering session in March 2020.
Eva from Paysafe took part in a mock interview workshop in July 2020 with participants from Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, she said: “It was an eye opening and very gratifying experience, it felt amazing to be able to help young people even in such a small way. It proved challenging for me too, it's not very easy to interview people who are not completely ready to be interviewed.”