National Grid is taking a leadership role in a national initiative designed to double the number of young people involved in social action and volunteering by 2020.
The company is one of the pioneer organisations and is on the steering group of the programme Step up to Serve, which has been launched to inspire a generation of young people through increasing the quality, quantity and frequency of social action for all those aged between 10-20.
By pledging to support Step up to Serve, individuals and organisations will encourage young people they are involved
with to make a commitment to social action by participating in community services – whether that be directly helping the elderly and vulnerable in their communities or giving time to organisations such as the Scouts or the Special Constabulary.
Last month our Chief Executive, Steve Holliday, and our head of UK Community Investment, Kate van Der Plank, accompanied National Grid apprentice Sam Smith to Buckingham Palace for the launch of Step up to Serve which is supported by the three political leaders and HRH Prince of Wales.
Sam, aged 22 and half way through his substation apprenticeship training, has been involved in volunteering since the age of five when he joined the Scouts and has since been a Scout leader and a Special Constable.
He continues to volunteer for our community programmes, has taken part in a number of career events, and is about to become an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust.
He said: “Volunteering has given me the skills to equip me for work – leadership, planning, responsibility, time management. It’s been tremendously helpful in my role at National Grid.”
Kate said: “If Step up to Serve succeeds in its goal – and I believe it will – that will mean an additional 1.7 million young people involved in practical action in the service of others. I am very proud that National Grid is taking such a leadership role in this initiative as part of our commitment to social action.”
“ Step up to Serve is a win-win for society, young people and businesses like ours. We know from our experience at National Grid that young people who have been involved in volunteering and community projects have greater confidence, communication and problem solving skills. ”
Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid