The government has commissioned an independent review of full-time volunteering by young people.
A statement yesterday from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the review would look at how to increase participation in full-time social action by reviewing the opportunities and barriers faced by organisations that support young people.
It said the government would appoint an advisory panel including experts from the private and voluntary sectors, which was expected to make recommendations to the government by October 2017.
The chair and members of the panel would be announced in the new year, the statement said.
The government said it defined volunteering on a full-time basis as carrying out at least 16 hours a week of social action for six months or more.
Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "By helping others, young people can also transform their own lives.
"Full-time volunteering can provide meaning and purpose, as well as allowing young people to gain the skills they need to transition into full-time work or study.
"I want to make sure that we encourage as many young people as possible to get involved and make a difference in their communities, building a society for everyone."