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grants to encourage volunteering by young people

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Alison Coles <[log in to unmask]>

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Alison Coles <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 22 Jan 1999 10:30:21 -0000

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Could be opportunities for museums here - National Trust (Northumbria)
is one of the demonstration projects..


DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

24/98                                                 21 January 1998
 
         #48M TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE VOLUNTEERS
     
Tens of thousands of young people will be encouraged to become 
involved in volunteering through the #48 million MV - Millennium 
Volunteers - programme announced today by Education and Employment 
Secretary David Blunkett, and Employment and Equal Opportunities 
Minister, Margaret Hodge.
 
Their announcement came on the same day as the Prime Minister spoke 
of the importance of rebuilding a sense of community. MV will play a 
vital role in engaging young people in that task.
 
Organisations are invited to bid for money to run projects to expand 
volunteering among young people aged 16 -24. Money from the windfall 
levy (#12.75 million in England) has been complemented by the 
injection of a further #35 million from the Comprehensive Spending 
Review.
 
This programme involves the launch of two new awards to recognise 
commitment by young people to volunteering. An MV Award of Excellence
signed by David Blunkett will be given for two hundred hours of 
voluntary activity. A certificate will be given after the completion 
of one hundred hours.
 
MVs will take part in a wide range of activities from environmental 
conservation, coaching in sports and the arts,to combating drug and 
alcohol abuse. They may work with older people in the community or 
help youngsters develop their reading skills in local primary 
schools. An MV could even decide to coach local people in the skills 
they need to develop community radio programming.
 
Radio 1 presenter Lisa I,Anson will show her support for the 
programme by attending the launch, together with representatives from
Adidas, Walker Snack Foods, and Virgin Healthcare. Diesel, Muller and
Superdrug are also supporting the program.
 
Mr Blunkett said:
 
"We want to encourage more young people to get involved in their 
local communities through voluntary activity. MV will provide a 
springboard for them to do this. It will help to create a society in 
which young people are both offered the opportunity to do something 
in their community and benefit themselves from the new awards.
 
"We want MV to change the perception of volunteering. Young people 
who would not otherwise be involved in voluntary work will start a 
new age of giving to the community. They will receive in return both 
the satisfaction that results in helping others and the confidence 
and self-esteem which is so important. It is a chance for young 
people to be formally rewarded for their achievement in a way that is
recognised by employers, by having an MV on their CV."
 
Mrs Hodge said:
 
"This programme offers opportunities for all young people whether 
employed, unemployed or in education. I want to see creative and 
exciting proposals for volunteering opportunities which enthuse young
people and make them realise there is something in this programme for
them.
 
"Over the coming months we will be marketing MV Awards to young 
people encouraging them to 'build on what you're into'. To be 
successful MV needs to be recognised and valued by young people, 
voluntary organisations, and employers. Recognition of the programme 
must go well beyond those directly involved in it.
 
"MV will be successful only if all partners work together, taking 
responsibility for creating a programme in which young people want to
be actively involved. I will be meeting a group of young people on a 
regular basis to ensure that they can tell me what is right about the
programme and what does or does not work."
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
1. The launch was held at the Pimlico Toy Library, 133A Lupus Street,
SW1 V3EN.
 
2. Applications for funding are invited from organisations who are 
able to meet the following criteria:
 
  be committed to the MV principles in the guidance which aim to 
ensure that the programme offers young people high quality 
volunteering opportunities;
 
  be able to work in partnership with young people and give them a 
real stake in the activity they choose to undertake;
 
  have effective links with community groups, educational 
institutions and business and be able to successfully promote MV 
locally; and
 
  have strong management capability, sound financial systems and 
adopt best practice in fields such as health and safety and equal 
opportunities.
 
3. There will be two bidding rounds of #20 million each. The first of
these opens today and a second will begin in June. A further round 
will follow later.
 
4. Interested organisations can apply for a copy of the Guide for 
Organisations and Bidding pack, which provides more detail, by: 
calling the Millennium Volunteers helpline - Freephone 0800 9178185; 
Writing to DfEE, Millennium Volunteers Unit, Room N2, Moorfoot, 
Sheffield, S1 4PQ; or by e-mail - [log in to unmask]
 
5. The application process will be supported by a number of roadshows
across England in February - details are contained in the bidding 
pack.
 
6. There are nine demonstration projects established so far, and four
more projects are currently being established. 
 
These are: Nine First Round Demonstration Projects
 
The 9 first round projects were set up last summer autumn at a cost 
of #692,000 over 2 years. A total of 269 volunteers have taken part 
in the projects. Of these, 168 were female and 101 male; 226 were 
white and 43 were from black or Asian ethnic groups.
 
Youth Action Cambridge
Maria Varallo
Youth Action Cambridge
Shaftesbury House
22 Godestone Road
Cambridge
CB5 8HR

Tel: 01223 316105
Fax: 01223 312594
 
Cambridge Association of Youth Clubs
Chris Tomsett
CAYC
Paston Ridings Farm
Paston Ridings
Peterborough
PE4 7XB
 
Tel: 01733 574455
Fax: 01733 321847
 
Chris Tomsett (Home)
10 Dolphins Way
Gamlinghay
Sandy
Bedfordshire
SG19 3NL
 
Tel/Fax: 01767 650009
 
BTCV Exeter
Richard Price
BTCV Exeter
171 Sidwell Street
Exeter
EX4 6RH
 
Tel: 01392 666463
Fax: 01392 666469
 
Katie Findlay
Exeter Volunteer Bureau
Mobile: 07970 774691
        01392 202055
 
Herefordshire
Debs Clark
Hereford and Worcester RCC
41a Bridge Street
Hereford
HR4 9DG
 
Tel: 01432 267820
Fax: 01432 269066
 
PTV Manchester
Sarah Hall
Prince's Trust Volunteers
5th Floor Churchgate House
56 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6EU
 
Tel: 0161 281 1255
Fax: 0161 281 5731
 
National Trust Northumberland
John Tanner
The National Trust
Northumbria Regional Office
Scot's Gap
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 4EG
 
Tel: 0171 447 6756
Fax: 0171 233 3037
 
Nottingham City
Dorothy Holmes
City of Nottingham Leisure and Community Services
14 Hounds Gate
Nottingham
NG1 7BD
 
Tel: 0115 915 0392
Fax: 0115 915 7227
 
CSV Southwark
Barry Hugill
CSV
237, Pentonville Road
London
N1 9NJ.
 
Tel: 0171 833 0149
Fax: 0171 401 2808 
 
CSV Sunderland
Graham Burt
Action Sunderland
184 Roker Avenue
Roker
Sunderland
SR6 0BS
 
Tel: 0191 564 0291
Fax: 0191 514 2429
 
Second Round Demonstration Projects
 
Four further projects are currently being negotiated:
 
Liverpool John Moores University - Students Union
Janet Martin
The Haigh Building 
Maryland Street
Liverpool
L1 9DE
 
Tel: 0151 231 3583
Fax: 0151 708 5334
 
Bradford Youth Volunteering Development Project
Lynne Kent
Voluntary Services Centre
19/25 Sunbridge Road
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 2AY
 
Tel: 0127 472 2772
Fax: 0127 439 3938
 
Sussex Police Community Safety Unit
Sergeant Mark Deane
Community Safety Unit
Sussex Police
Police Station
Cantelupe Road
Bexhill- on- sea
TN40 1PS
 
Tel: 01424- 456081
 
Voluntary Action Tower Hamlets
Jo Richmond
Voluntary Action Tower Hamlets
179- 181 Whitechapel Road
London
E1 1DW.
Tel: 0171 377 0956
Fax: - as above
 
 
 
 
 
 
# = pounds sterling





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