Opportunity for local youngsters

THE PDSA is giving local unemployed youngsters the chance to try ‘speed volunteering’ at its Montrose store.

Speed volunteering allows prospective volunteers the chance to have a taster session at one of the UK’s biggest charities.

Unemployment figures announced last week revealed that a record number of young people are out of work.

One in five 16 to 24-year-olds are jobless which equates to 974,000 people – an increase of 30,000 in the last quarter alone.

But there are options for those struggling to gain employment and adding valuable work experience to a CV by volunteering for a charity is one effective way to make candidates stand out.

The charity has created the speed volunteering initiative called ‘Lend a Paw Week’ and is urging people to visit their local PDSA store for a taster session from Monday, April 4, to Sunday, April 10.

Lasting less than an hour, there is no pressure and no commitment to sign up.

Janet Compton, PDSA head of volunteering, said: “Taking the first step into volunteering can be daunting, especially for young people who have never worked before or experienced life outside of education.

“Given that the job market is more competitive than ever, adding quality volunteer experience to a CV is a great way to boost employment prospects.

“Not only does volunteering for PDSA benefit the individual, it also supports a really worthwhile cause.”

“Volunteers are essential to the charity, and last year saved PDSA £11.2 million in employment costs. It’s clear that more and more people are recognising the many benefits volunteering offers and it’s a great way to keep positive and motivated, gives people the opportunity to learn new skills and gain practical work experience, as well as being fun and helping a worthy cause.

“PDSA Lend a Paw week is the perfect way to find out whether donating your time to a charitable cause is right for you. Anyone aged 14 and over is encouraged to have a go so why not get in touch today and find local opportunities near you.”

To find out more about PDSA’s Lend a Paw week, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/lendapaw or contact PDSA’s National Volunteering Centre on freephone 0800 854 194.

PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need.

The charity provided over 2.3 million free treatments last year at a cost of over £50 million all of which is funded by the generosity of the public.