Volunteering scheme for teenagers gets under way

Councils can bid for government money to run 'community service' projects as part of their attempts to show they promote volunteering

Local authorities have been invited to bid for Government funds from a £7m scheme to run pilot "community service" volunteering projects for 14 to 16-year-olds.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has allocated the funds to support five pilot projects that will run from January 2010 until March 2011.

The 44 local authorities that have been invited to bid will be evaluated on how far they encourage participation in formal volunteering under National Indicator 6 of the Government's system to measure the effectiveness of councils.

It is the first step taken by the Government to implement Gordon Brown's announcement in April that he wanted all 14 to 19-year-olds to clock up 50 hours of community service.

Councils have until 30 September to apply.

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