Do-it to be taken over by partnership led by the Red Trust

YouthNet, the charity that founded the volunteering service, is passing it on so that it can concentrate on its work with young people

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The volunteering service Do-it is to be taken over by a partnership led by the team behind the volunteering social networking site ivo.org.

The young people’s charity YouthNet launched Do-it in 2001 but announced in March this year that it wanted to transfer the running of the site to another provider so it could focus on its work with young people.

The site will be handed over by December this year to a partnership comprising the Red Trust, which runs ivo.org, Believe.in, a fundraising platform, Blue Dot, a social marketing agency, Prospectus, a recruitment agency for the not-for-profit sector, and Vivo, which runs a web-based rewards system used by schools.

Under the terms of agreement, ivo will own, lead, manage and develop Do-it.

The partnership will be supported by other organisations including the Tinder Foundation and TimeBank.

The transfer process has been overseen by YouthNet and the Office for Civil Society, a primary funder of Do-it. The OCS is to make funding available to support the transfer of the service and place it on a sustainable financial footing.

A spokeswoman for YouthNet told Third Sector that six staff would transfer to the new provider under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and that no one would be made redundant.    

Jamie Ward-Smith, chief executive of ivo.org, said in a statement: "Ivo and our partners are really looking forward to this unique opportunity to build on YouthNet's incredible legacy. We have exciting plans for Do-it's future and we have put together a great team that will enable Do-it to continue to power volunteering and civil society for many years to come."

Emma Thomas, chief executive of YouthNet, said in a statement: "We were delighted to receive strong applications for Do-it, which demonstrated a real passion for the service and the leading role that it has come to play within the voluntary sector."

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