Supporting International Youth Day

Coinciding with International Youth Day today (12 August) Domestic & General marks the success of its national charity partnership with Get Connected.

Get Connected, now in its 16th year, is a UK-wide, free and confidential helpline for young people who need support with a wide range of issues. More than 80 per cent of those who have used the helpline say their lives improved after contacting the charity.

Our group HR director, Phil Harvey said: “The work of Get Connected at both a local and national level is hugely important. There are so many pressures on young people today, and many need support to help them find their way in life.

“We’ve chosen International Youth Day to celebrate our year-long partnership with Get Connected as it’s about recognising the value of young people to society – something we wholeheartedly support.

“We actively invest in young people’s futures across our sites and their energy and enthusiasm is central to our company culture; the decision to make Get Connected our first national charity partner has been well received company-wide.”

Since April 2015 our employees have raised more than £70,000 for Get Connected and some now volunteer for the charity.

John Schless, director of fundraising and development at Get Connected, hopes raised awareness around International Youth Day will encourage more people to consider volunteering.

He said: “We rely on the financial support of our corporate partners and donations from individuals, but volunteering is just as important. Demand for our service is predicted to increase by almost a third in the next year so we desperately need more people to give their time.

“I hope that International Youth Day reminds us of the importance of young people within our society and encourages more support.”


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