CAREERS: WORTH A LOOK ... www.do-it.org.uk

STOVIN HAYTER

Created by: YouthNet UK with support from M%26S, UBS Warburg, Oracle, Volunteer Development England and the National Centre for Volunteering.

One look at the home page of Do-it.org.uk and I was sucked in. The first thing to catch my eye was a lively exchange on the discussion area of the site about the merits or otherwise of an Essex pre-school's use of lap-dancing nights to raise funds (they do a lot better than tombolas).

And then there's a section promoting volunteering as a way to find a date.

"Combine giving time with the chance to meet someone special,

it says.

Purists might have a few qualms about all this, but given the debate about the sector's shortcomings in attracting new volunteers, who are they to quibble? Do-it has one overriding purpose: to put potential volunteers in touch with the organisations that need them. You can search for opportunities under a number of headings and criteria, including location (I entered my postcode and got a list of hundreds of opportunities), type of work and type of organisation.

The site is clearly aimed at under-25s, and there are plenty of features about gap years and how volunteering can enhance your CV. It comes as no surprise, therefore, to find that Do-it is a project of YouthNet UK, the charity behind the award-winning TheSite.org, which is billed as a "virtual guide to life

for teens and young adults.

Of the many volunteering sites out there, this is one of the best I've seen.

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