International volunteering projects to be promoted in schools

Teams visiting schools to promote youth volunteering have agreed to promote both UK and international projects under a new agreement between volunteering charities V and Worldwide Volunteering.

Peter Sharp, director of Worldwide Volunteering, described the deal as a gentlemen's agreement to make better use of resources and help V meet its targets.

Worldwide Volunteering will guide people between 16 and 25 years of age who are keen to volunteer in their communities to their local vinvolved teams. In turn, vinvolved teams will direct those with an interest in volunteering abroad to Worldwide Volunteering.

V has used Worldwide Volunteering's database of volunteering opportunities since last year when it gave the organisation £151,000 to run the database for three years.

V's vinvolved programme, which sends local teams into schools, local authorities and youth clubs to promote UK volunteering, began in April this year.

Sharp said other volunteering charities would not be excluded: "We will tell people about any volunteering opportunities we know about, whether they come from our database or from local knowledge."

A spokesman for volunteering charity CSV, which receives v funding for its Agents for Change project, said: "It's important that young people know about the full range of options open to them."

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