Youth Volunteering at Erddig
Erddig has been successful in attracting a Welsh Volunteering Grant for a 10-month project ‘YouthGrow’.
With the Welsh Volunteering Grant for the project ‘YouthGrow', we are inviting local young people aged 16-24 years to form Erddig’s first Youth Steering Group.
The aim of the project is to develop a new youth-led programme that is created for and by young people to offer fun, relevant, inclusive and meaningful youth volunteering opportunities within the National Trust.
Connecting young people with nature, beauty and history
Erddig has a long history of engaging people children and young people. Erddig runs the National Trust’s only youth club, originally set up in 1999 to inspire young people to volunteer. More recently, from 2016-2020, Erddig also delivered the Green Academies Project, equipping young people with the skills and experiences to look after their green spaces. The project evidenced that young participants felt more confident, more resilient, healthier and happier because of taking part in conservation activities.
I find it hard to get out of the house, so coming to these sessions helps me stay active.
Green academies project participant
With YouthGrow we want to make volunteering opportunities more available, accessible and relevant to local young people. Working collaboratively with young people we are aiming to grow a youth ‘force’ within the property and organisation, young people with their own voice on volunteering, the environment, nature and wellbeing.
Our ambition is to develop the Youth Steering Group into a longer-term Youth Forum that will represent the views of young people, giving young people the opportunity to have a voice, discuss issues, engage with decision makers, take action and contribute to improving and developing Erddig and the National Trust for young people.
Enabling young people
YouthGrow also offers new volunteering opportunities for adults. A team of enabler volunteers help to deliver the project and to support young people during conservation sessions and in their steering group roles. Our enabler volunteers help young people to build their confidence and self-esteem, to improve their wellbeing and to encourage them on progressive pathways to other volunteering, employment or education within or outside the National Trust.
This experience has really boosted my confidence with other people, and I have really enjoyed meeting new people and making friends.
YouthGrow project participant