V's volunteering placements are mainly one-offs

Most typically last for half a day, new figures show

More than half of the volunteering opportunities created by youth volunteering charity v since 2006 have been one-off placements that typically last for half a day, according to new figures published by the organisation.

The figures, produced after the Advertising Standards Authority asked the charity to substantiate its claim to have created more than 900,000 volunteering opportunities, show it has created 962,628 since it began in May 2006.

Of these, 494,892 were classed as short-term or taster opportunities, which typically last for half a day but can last for a weekend at the longest. A spokesman for v said these placements included helping out with environmental projects, carrying out work experience and acting as a DJ.

The figures show 446,904 were part-time volunteering opportunities, which took a few hours per month, and 20,832 were full-time, consisting of about 30 hours a week for at least 13 weeks.

A spokesman for the charity said 702,000 of the 962,628 opportunities had so far been taken up by volunteers and that the rest would be completed by March 2011. He said the charity had been vindicated by the figures.

The organisation received £38.1m in government funding in 2009/10 and is due to receive £39m in 2010/2011.

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