Virtual volunteers project goes live

Youth volunteering charity v is supporting a Virtual Volunteers project that encourages 16 to 25-year-olds to give their time by internet or telephone.

The initiative is calling for youngsters to lend eight hours a week to help with projects such as designing a website, producing music or videos and promoting yoga for health and education.

Adam Nichols, chief executive of Changemakers, the youth-led learning organisation leading the project, said this form of volunteering lent itself to the internet-savvy younger generation who were naturally comfortable online.

“The internet is the perfect medium to encourage autonomy in volunteering and community action,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Media Trust and the Community Channel have launched Skills for Volunteering – a campaign encouraging people with no qualifications to gain skills through volunteering.

The programme, which is part of the Government's Volunteering for All strategy, will include taster sessions at a series of charities including the Red Cross, Time Banks UK, Victim Support, Mencap and The Food Chain.

It will run in the second two weeks of October in the north east, the north west, London and the Yorkshire and Humber regions.

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