UCAS Social Action Guidance Goes Live!

Last month we reported that we were working with UCAS to give more young people information about the benefits of getting involved with social action, and how that can be used when applying to university and college.

The aim of the collaborative work was to give young people guidance about the value of giving their time for social action and volunteering, information about the skills that come from engagement, and how their experience can be used to strengthen their UCAS applications.

This follows on from a recommendation in the Growing Giving Inquiry’s ‘Creating an Age of Giving’ report, which called for the UCAS system to provide a way for young people to get recognition for their commitment to supporting good causes.

We’re delighted to launch the new guidance today, which you can see in full at www.cafonline.org/ucas

The aim of this is to get more young people thinking about taking part in social action and volunteering, as we know how committed the next generation are to creating positive change in their communities.

But we also want to make sure that young people who do give their time get something back from their experience. Taking part in social action can help a young person develop new skills such as leadership and teamwork, and these can be extremely useful in making a person stand out from the crowd when applying for a job or seeking to progress their career in education.

It’s great that so many young people already give their time generously, but we know that many more are equally determined to make their mark and change their community for the better. Are you already involved in social action? Has your volunteering helped you stand our from the crowd? Let us know, and help us share your story! Get in touch with us at campaigns@cafonline.org or on twitter at @growinggiving

Steve Clapperton

Posted 24 April 2015