November marked the first anniversary of Step Up To Serve, a national initiative which runs the #iwill campaign to encourage more young people to get actively involved in social action, whether that is volunteering, fundraising or campaigning in their local communities.
National Grid is a founding partner of the campaign, which aims to double the number of young people taking part in social action to over 50 per cent by 2020.
Why Step Up To Serve?
The campaign fits with our community investment, education and career development strategies and provides a shared value for our business and for society:
- Our business benefits fro the experience and skills our colleagues develop through their volunteering
- Young people gain vital employability skills, improving their job prospects
- We benefit from having better, more well-rounded recruits
- The voluntary sector can count on a long term culture of volunteering
- Local communities benefit from the contributions of a bigger and wider volunteer base.
How has National Grid supported?
Since the beginning of the campaign, we have been helping young people get involved in social action through our continued support of the Scout Movement, our employees mentoring the next generation of teachers, and encouraging our own graduates to get involved in a range of initiatives.
You can get involved!
National grid employees are encouraged to actively volunteer in their local communities. If you want to get involved in, or know more about the community action programme, call the community helpline on 01285 841912.
Once you’re involved, make your #iwill pledge like those that National Grid and Steve Holliday recently tweeted:
— National Grid UK (@nationalgriduk) November 24, 2014
— Steve Holliday (@NGSteveH) November 20, 2014