Public sector workers who have been made redundant should work unpaid as volunteer managers for charities, according to Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Speaking at a session hosted by Christian charity Oasis in London on Wednesday evening, Maude said many charities had plenty of potential volunteers but were unable to involve all of them because there was a shortage of volunteer managers.
"There will be a diminishing public sector workforce," he said. "I want to help train some of these people to be organisers and managers of volunteers. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing charities with too many volunteers they can't use because there is no one to manage them."
Maude did not say whether the government would fund any training, but said the suggested roles would be unpaid.
Maude also told the meeting he was aware of charities' concerns that the right to buy in the Localism Bill, which is currently before parliament, might be amended so that charities and community groups would have three months, rather than the proposed six, to put together bids to take over community assets.
"We need to make sure we get this right," he said. "There is no point having a right if in practice it cannot be exercised. I will raise the issue with my colleagues."