£3m to include more volunteers

Indira Das-Gupta

The Home Office is launching a two-year, £3m strategy to overcome barriers to volunteering encountered by disabled people, those without formal qualifications and ethnic minority communities.

The Home Office will lead the cross-government initiative, which will look at promoting volunteering opportunities for the three groups.

Only 16 per cent of people without qualifications volunteer once a month, compared with 30 per cent with qualifications. Twenty per cent of Asian people volunteer, compared with 29 per cent of white people.

Leonard Cheshire and Scope also plan to boost volunteering among disabled people by producing a free CD-Rom containing practical advice for volunteering managers.

The toolkit cost £26,000 to produce and was funded by the Russell Commission.

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