V to cut red tape for partner charities

Youth volunteering charity responds to first evaluation report

Government-funded youth volunteering charity v is to lighten the burden of monitoring arrangements on its partner projects in response to an evaluation of its work.

The charity, which was set up by the Russell Commission in 2006, is considering allowing the projects it funds to produce reports of their progress less frequently than the current requirement of every three months after admitting they have become an administrative burden for many volunteering organisations.

V's first independent evaluation, carried out by consultancy WM Enterprise and released today, also said the charity should spend more time discussing its reasons for collecting data about volunteers with its partner organisations.
It added that most projects funded by the organisation would welcome more visits from v staff. This would give the charity "a greater awareness of the progress and focus of projects", the report claimed.

The evaluation, which covered the activities and impact of v between 2006 and 2008, said the charity had invested £23m in creating volunteering opportunities for young people through four grant rounds. It also said 85 per cent of the organisations it funded would not have been able to run their projects without v's financial backing.

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