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23 February, 2005

New report encourages full-time volunteering

A report published today by Community Service Volunteers stresses the positive impact of full-time ‘gap year’ volunteers on public services, and on the lives of the people they support.

In the last ten years more than 11,000 volunteers have committed the equivalent of 6,000 years of their time through CSV, the UK's largest training organisation.

According to the report, 76% of full-time volunteers feel the experience offers a chance to experience independence, with 71% indicating that volunteering gave them a chance to mature. 90% of CSV full-time volunteers indicate that they would like to carry on volunteering in the future.

"In the long-term," said Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, Executive Director of CSV, "the experience of total immersion in tackling community problems develops more active citizens and much needed teachers, doctors, nurses and care workers for the future.”

Released during Youth and Children Month of the Year of the Volunteer 2005, the report also coincides with the build-up to the findings of the Russell Commission. Due to report in Spring this year, the Commission will advise government on a new national framework for youth action and engagement in their communities.

CSV offers full-time volunteering opportunities to people over 16 years of age who commit to between 4-12 months on community projects.


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