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In conversation: Youth Adviser Takyiwa talks lifelong volunteering

VSO's first youth adviser talks to its latest about what has changed and what hasn't. 

In 2017, VSO’s International Board recruited two Youth Advisers, young returned ICS volunteers with personal experience of VSO’s programming – Takyiwa Danso, 25 from the UK, and Felix Owino, 26, from Kenya – both returned volunteers with VSO ICS in Kenya.

Back in 1977, the board – or the VSO Council, as it was known then – did the same thing. VSO brought the then 25-year-old youth volunteer Steve Boley, back from four years’ volunteering in the Caribbean, to contribute his experiences of youth volunteering to its UK trustees.

Despite volunteering half a century apart, the idea of putting local people at the heart of their work, and creating a place for young voices remains the same.

On a rainy Tuesday, we brought Takyiwa and Steve together to find out a little bit more about why they volunteered at 25 – and what’s changed since ...