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7 April, 2005

Fundraising focus boosted at the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation, the educational charity which promotes young people’s participation in their communities, today announced the appointment of Andrew Sparrow, who becomes fundraising officer. In this new role, he will research and approach new and existing funders with the aim of creating sustainable income streams for the Foundation’s future development.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said, “I am very pleased to bring my corporate and trust fundraising skills to the Citizenship Foundation. Its work plays an important role within society by empowering individuals and encouraging them to make effective change within their local communities. In the run up to the election, I’m excited to be working for an organization which believes education about politics is fundamental in ensuring a politically engaged society.”

Andrew joins Citizenship Foundation from Samara Skills Trust Limited where he was part of the founding team. Samara works with small voluntary organisations nationwide with the aim of building a stronger voluntary sector. Andrew’s work included leading on developing new corporate and Trust partnerships. Prior to this Andrew worked within the Resource Development team at Community Links where he was corporate fundraiser.

In his spare-time Andrew is very active, being a football referee, having taken part in the London Triathlon and running his own radio station.

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About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Citizenship became part of the National Curriculum in September 2002, in England for 11-16 year olds.

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