Ministers set up body to boost youth volunteering

Francois Le Goff

The Home Office has announced the creation of a charity whose aim is to boost youth volunteering.

Speaking at the launch of the Government's Youth Green Paper, active citizenship minister Hazel Blears said the new body will be responsible for setting up the National Framework for Youth Action and Engagement, recommended by the Russell Commission in March. Ian Russell, head of the commission, has been appointed interim chair.

Blears said that up to £100m of private and public sector money could be spent on top of the £50m allocated by the Government to implement the commission's recommendations.

She also pledged £1.25m of Home Office funding to develop the Young Volunteer Challenge, a £5m pilot project funded by the Department for Education and Skills, designed to get young people on low incomes into volunteering.

"Government initiatives such as this will ensure that active citizenship becomes a reality for more and more young people," said Blears.

- See News Analysis, page 10.

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