Get Vinvolved, v urges

Volunteering charity v yesterday launched its new youth-led volunteering scheme, which will be called Vinvolved, and named the 150 successful applicants that will benefit from £72m of funding.

Vinvolved, which has been designed by and for young people, was launched at a colourful event organised by v’s youth advisory board v20 at concert venue the Roundhouse in north London.

The name of the programme was chosen after a period of extensive consultation with young people, sector experts and businesses.

The charity announced that 150 community organisations would receive funding, including local branches of environmental conservation charity BTCV and the YMCA, as well as CVSs. Each of the successful applicants will create expert teams, which will then appoint youth ambassadors to help them create new volunteering opportunities to appeal to their peers.

Ed Miliband, the Cabinet minister with responsibility for volunteering, and Phil Hope, minister for the third sector, attended the event and were interviewed in rhyme by two v20 members.

Miliband told the audience: “Today marks an important step forward as v awards funding to a host of diverse projects and organisations and takes us ever closer to our aim of a million more young people volunteering in England.”

Terry Ryall, chief executive of v, added: “Vinvolved will change the face of volunteering in England and safeguard its future by giving a new generation of young people opportunities to put their passions into action to meet real community needs.”

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