New £3m volunteering fund to link generations

Government plans to recruit 20,000 volunteers to strengthen bonds between young and old

The Government has launched a £3m volunteering fund in a bid to improve interaction between the generations.

The Intergenerational Volunteering Fund, worth £1.5m a year for this year and next, was announced by Liam Byrne, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The money is in addition to the £117m the Government is investing over the next three years in the youth volunteering charity v.

The aim of the new fund is to recruit 20,000 volunteers to work across the generations, the minister said on a visit to Birmingham Christmas Shelter.

One example is the Sixty Plus project in London, which helps young people support older people with reading, language and computer projects.

Another is Mentor UK, which helps grandparents protect their grandchildren from drug-related harm.

"There's a new appetite in Britain to strengthen the bonds that link us," said Byrne. "I haven't visited a single community in this country where people don't want the links between young and old to be stronger still."

Further details of how the fund will be tendered and run will be available shortly from the Cabinet Office.


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