FUNDRAISING NEWS: TimeBank seeks corporate help

TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, is to expand its fundraising channels and is looking to attract corporate support for its pilot youth scheme.

Brendan Hanlon has joined TimeBank as its first full-time fundraising manager. He will extend its fundraising past existing statutory work and will target trusts and corporates to generate support for projects including the Young TimeBank scheme.

Hanlon aims to have recruited a corporate partner for the youth project by summer 2003, and is confident that businesses will recognise the benefit of sponsoring the project.

"The Young TimeBank project has been very successful on a small scale, and is a good opportunity for corporates to engage with local communities through volunteering projects,

said Hanlon. "We need to secure extra funding for the project if we are to successfully roll out the scheme across the UK next year. But I'm confident that we'll be able to get people on board."

Young TimeBank, which is piloting in a handful of schools, is a peer-to-peer programme that encourages 14 to 19 year olds to become involved with community volunteering and increase awareness of citizenship issues.

The charity, which used to employ fundraisers on a per project basis, has seen significant growth over the past 12 months and has increased its staff by 50 per cent. It has also benefited from a boost in core income from the Active Community Unit which has upped its funding from £1.9 million to £3 million for a three-year period.

Hanlon will also look to increase support for the charity's Big Arts Week 2003, which is funded by the Arts Council.

Income will be needed to recruit members of staff to deal with the nationwide scheme, and TimeBank also wants to extend its online support for the programme, which brings artists into more than 500 British schools.

The charity will also approach the ALG and European arts schemes for additional revenue.

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