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Voluntary Work: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of levels of volunteering among (a) children and (b) young adults; and whether he plans to promote volunteering to each such group.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Levels of volunteering in young people is measured by the Citizenship Survey. In December 2010 the Government published the "Giving Green Paper", which sought to start a debate about how we can make social action and volunteering a social norm for all ages. The Green Paper announced over £80 million available over the next four years to promote volunteering.

The Government are also investing in National Citizen Service, which will promote volunteering and community action. This flagship project is aimed at young people aged 16 and will combine outdoor activities and social action projects designed by the participants, both in their communities and away from home. Over 11,000 young people will have the opportunity to take part in a pilot NCS scheme over the summer.

For young people specifically, the Cabinet Office will also continue to provide financial support to the youth volunteering charity, v during the 2010 spending review period.

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