vInspired begins £1m volunteering scheme aimed at young people

Its Inspired Card will give 14 to 30-year-olds offers and discounts in exchange for volunteering time

The volunteering charity vInspired is launching a £1m scheme to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in social action.

The Inspired Card will give 14 to 30-year-olds exclusive offers in exchange for donating time. The offers include work placements, discounts from retailers and free tickets to gigs.

The charity successfully bid for £478,000 from the #iwill Fund to support the initiative.

The #iwill Fund, which was set up by the government and the Big Lottery Fund last year, is a four-year, £40m investment pot that match-funds programmes that enable more young people, particularly from less affluent communities, to take part in social action.

The #iwill Fund’s contribution will be match-funded by vInspired.

Team London, which is London mayor Sadiq Khan's volunteering programme, is also providing £50,000. Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, is also backing the initiative.

Jessica Taplin, chief executive of vInspired, said in a statement: "Our first-of-its-kind scheme will give more volunteers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to help the causes they’re passionate about, while growing their own skills and experience."

Taplin added that the scheme "allows our charity partners to access a new pool of volunteers who will make a real difference to society".

The card will be available from 4 June.

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