Charities that can offer volunteering placements to young people will be listed on a new website that forms part of the government’s strategy for tackling youth unemployment, launched yesterday by David Cameron, the Prime Minister.
The site, called What’s Your Destination, will include links to a range of opportunities for young people, including jobs, work experience, higher education and volunteering.
The volunteering section of the site, which is still under construction, will provide a list of links to the websites of charities that work with young volunteers.
A temporary version of the site is online now, and the full version is due to launch in August.
Peter Sharp, director of the charity World Wide Volunteering, which will be listed on the site, said staff at 10 Downing Street had asked for the site to be set up, but the government had not provided any funding for it. He said Steve Hilton, Cameron’s director of strategy, was the "driving force" behind the establishment of the site.
"The new site will just be an aggregator, providing links to other sites, rather than duplicating their content," said Sharp. It will include a section where charities can register their interest in being listed on the site.
The site has been developed and funded by U-explore, a company that sells technology products to schools. Andy Pickles, chief executive of the firm, said it had spent between £10,000 and £15,000 on it so far, but partner organisations in the private and voluntary sectors might have to provide funding for it in future.
"The government convened a group of partners and asked us to deliver this, but made it very clear that it would not fund it," he said. "We agreed to do so because we hope it will raise the profile of our company."