Youth volunteering

V, the Youth Volunteering Charity

V. It's the first letter of the word volunteering. It's also the name of a charity set up to inspire a new generation of volunteers. V puts the youth back into youth volunteering. It's different because it's led by the interests and passions of young people.

It all started with the Russell Commission and was set up by the government to look at the future of youth volunteering. Over 6000 young people had their say, as well as voluntary organisations, businesses and the media.

The result? The Russell Commission Report, a plan to improve the quality, quantity and diversity of youth volunteering in England.

V was launched in May 2006, with a group of young people, V20, placed firmly in the driving seat.

With money from the government and from businesses, V has:

  • funded 115,000 new opportunities
  • handed out cash for youth-led projects through Cashpoint
  • released research on barriers to volunteering
  • unleashed the whatsyourv? campaign

Get involved

Volunteering is a great way to make your mark on a cause that you care about. It also teaches new skills like:

  • communication skills
  • team work
  • decision making

You can learn new things and develop skills to add to your CV which will help you to stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting a job.

You can find out more about volunteering on the Vinspired website.