CSV uses reception to set public sector volunteering target

CSV will challenge every public service to set individual targets for engaging citizens through volunteering, at a House of Lords reception tomorrow.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, executive director of the UK's largest volunteering charity, is to ask the Government to set targets for hospitals, libraries, prisons, social services and schools in order to boost civic engagement.

The charity has previously stated that 11 million people are waiting to be asked to volunteer but don't know how to get involved.

A CSV paper, Reports on Active Citizens and Civil Renewal, will be also launched at the reception. It is likely to look at ways of tackling crime, health and education through volunteering.

The Government has declared 2005 to be the 'British Year of the Volunteer'.

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