Selfless is a registered charity in England and Wales since 2009, initiated and led by young people. This puts us in the unique position whereby we are able to understand the challenges, opportunities and interests of our contemporaries. Our vision is to empower communities by sharing skills, knowledge and by providing healthcare where needed. We aim to harness the enthusiasm of young people from a variety of backgrounds and professions, channelling it towards worthwhile projects, thereby bringing benefit to communities in need worldwide.
We organise and publicise innovative youth volunteering activities for a variety of organisations. Through our website we ensure that individuals with a passion, skill, qualification or an interest in a particular field can locate an opportunity where their skills can be best utilised.
Engaging volunteers is a priority for the government. The recent launch of the ‘Big Society Network’ aims to develop, support and champion new ways of enabling people to give and engage. The government has pledged to make it easier and more rewarding for people to give their time, expertise and money to good causes. They also commit to promoting new approaches which enable people to engage with democratic institutions, public service providers and civic society organisations.
We are a part of this discussion. Selfless is where young adults, passionate about making a difference, can meet and connect. Selfless offers a quick and easy way for people to connect and volunteer for a good cause, and provides a wide range of choices depending on particular skills and experience.
The NeedFacts & Stats
*There are currently 2 million students attending a UK university.
*£18 billion – the estimated volunteer time to the UK economy in 2010.
*In 2008-09, 71% of adults in England volunteered at some point, with 47% doing so more than once a month.
*Figures released in 2011 show that 20% of young adults are unemployed. One in five 16- to 24-year-olds is jobless and searching for work.
*Volunteering can help unemployed people get back to work. 87% of employers think that volunteering can help career progression.