YouthNet announces new mobile phone app to locate volunteering opportunities

+U will match users with opportunities at 28,000 organisations on the Do-it volunteering database

YouthNet and Sony's mobile phone app
YouthNet and Sony's mobile phone app

The volunteering charity YouthNet has teamed up with the electronics giant Sony to produce a free mobile phone app that will match users with local volunteering opportunities.

The app, called +U – pronounced "plus you" – will use Do-it, YouthNet’s volunteering database, to provide a feed of volunteering opportunities with organisations across the UK.

The database offers more than a million volunteering opportunities with 28,000 organisations in the UK.

YouthNet and Sony will test the app over the coming months before the announcement in September of its release date.

A spokesman for Sony said he believed the app was the first to use geo-location technology to help potential volunteers find opportunities near to them.

Users of the app will be able to share their experiences through social networks such as Facebook.

There are also proposals to award points for volunteering so that people can compare their efforts with their peers in a ranking table.

The app is being developed in-house at Sony, with YouthNet staff contributing time and expertise to the project.

Emma Thomas, chief executive of YouthNet, said: "There is huge potential to develop the way in which we encourage and motivate people to volunteer.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Sony on the pilot for this groundbreaking idea because Do-it is driven by the passion to make it as easy as possible to volunteer. +U will help us to achieve that goal."

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