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3 June, 2010

The Giving Nation Challenge launches new employee volunteering programme in schools

Businesses can now be matched with their local secondary school in order to support the Giving Nation Challenge, a youth social action programme.

Employee volunteers are placed into the classroom to act as business advisors to support young people (age 11-16) in setting up their own social enterprise or charity project that will make a real difference to the wider community. For further information please visit our new corporate website.

The Giving Nation Challenge, an active citizenship and enterprise programme, is taking place in over 530 secondary schools nationwide. Last year our schools raised a minimum of £300,000 for their chosen charitable causes.

An entire year group (up to 200 young people) are given the opportunity to take action on an issue or cause they feel passionate about by setting up their own social enterprise, campaign or charitable activity to address it. The young people involved take on a range of roles and develop skills such as business planning, budgeting, marketing and team leadership.

Supported by the Cabinet Office, each school can apply for a grant of up to £450 to support their activities. For more information, visit the Giving Nation Challenge website for schools.

 

 

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