Recipients announced of £580,000 volunteering fund

Volunteering England will take largest share, which forms part of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering

Volunteering England
Volunteering England

The Office for Civil Society has announced the names of the charities that will receive funds under a £580,000 programme to encourage volunteering, as part of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering scheme.

The umbrella body Volunteering England will receive a £78,000 grant from the fund and will be responsible for overseeing UK-based activities carried out as part of the European Year of Volunteering project, which has been set up by the European Commission to raise awareness of volunteering.

A partnership between the volunteering charity v and the youth charity Catch22 will receive £37,000 from the fund, as will four other charities, including Age UK and Groundwork West Midlands.

Three other charities, which have not yet been named, will each receive contracts worth £67,000 from the fund. They will be responsible for setting up programmes to promote employer-supported volunteering, volunteer management and encouraging more people from under-represented groups to volunteer.

The OCS has contributed £330,000 to the fund and the European Commission has contributed £250,000.

Jayne Colquhoun, director of corporate affairs at v, said the charity would not set up any new volunteering projects with the funding but would launch activities that help to raise awareness of volunteering.

These would include holding a competition in schools, organising capacity-building workshops to help charities run employee volunteering schemes, and adding more blogs and videos about successful volunteering placements to v's website, she said.

The organisation received its first tranche of funding in March and will be paid the rest of the money over the course the year, she added.

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