Charity responds to sector review

Helen Warrell

A charity that organises volunteering placements for UK professionals has called on the Government to take the lead in the drive to recruit volunteers by encouraging its own staff to offer their services for free.

Recommendations by Reach on how government could cut down the barriers to volunteering form part of the charity's response to the joint HM Treasury and Cabinet Office third sector review, which is due to be published in the spring.

The response argued that seeking government funding can cause organisations to "distort their core purpose" and suggested the Government should offer "sustained core funding to a wider range of organisations".

The charity also proposed that the Department for Work and Pensions could do more to promote volunteering after retirement through public literature about pensions and benefits.

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