CSV backs creation of a US-style youth volunteers scheme

CSV has supported the Government's pursuit of a youth volunteering scheme similar to AmeriCorps in the US, in a letter to the Government commission set up to encourage more young volunteers.

The commission was announced alongside last month's Budget, and the Government has stated its approval of the US youth volunteering model.

Elisabeth Hoodless, CSV executive director, told commission chair Ian Russell that CSV helped to design AmeriCorps and its precursor, Volunteers in Service to America. She also recommended that Russell, who is also chief executive of Scottish Power, meet Susan Stroud, a member of the implementation group for AmeriCorps, when she visits Scotland from 7-14 May.

Hoodless asked: "How can we build on what exists and avoid the problems of the Experience Corps?" She suggested creating an NHS Care Corps or constructing links to citizenship in the school curriculum, and added that the commission should learn from current initiatives such as Millennium Volunteers, BTCV and CSV.

The commission will make its report to the Government by the end of the year.

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