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v: New national volunteering programme gives young leaders a chance to shine

Applications are open for a new volunteering scheme that will place young people at the forefront of social change in their communities.

Teamv is a national team of young leaders who will recruit and manage groups of volunteers to carry out social action projects in their area. Leaders will be selected for their energy, commitment and passion to engage other young people.

Volunteers will use their creativity to roll out three innovative national campaigns in their local communities, whilst developing practical budgeting, leadership and organisational skills. At the end of the year’s programme, which will run from November 2011 to June 2012, Teamv leaders will have the chance to apply for a scholarship of up to £1,000 to help them continue with their education or personal development.

The scheme is being delivered by v, the National Young Volunteers’ Service, in partnership with the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Rank Foundation.

Young people aged 18-25 can apply to become a Teamv member now, by visiting www.vinspired.com/teamv. Applicants can be in work, training or education, or simply looking for a great opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Leaders will receive valuable training and support to recruit and manage their local teams. The deadline for applications is 13 October 2011.

Terry Ryall, CEO of v says: “There are thousands of positive, enthusiastic and talented young people out there who have so much to give to their communities. Teamv is a brilliant opportunity for sparky, energetic, creative young leaders to share their skills and enthusiasm with other young people and make a real impact on key social issues.”

Carol Taylor, Director of Research and Development at NIACE says: “NIACE is delighted to be involved in this initiative. People discovering their talents and interests transforms their lives and the lives of those closest to them. What’s particularly impressive about Teamv is that it will give young people – who’ve had such a bad press recently – the chance to lead activity and show how much they care about where they live. Through learning and volunteering these Teamv volunteer leaders will build better and stronger relationships for the benefit of everyone in their communities.”


For more information please contact: Janqui.mehta@vinspired.com, 020 7960 7072, 07825 597873

About v
· v, The National Young Volunteers Service, aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers (aged 14-25) across England.

· We do this by creating a diverse range of volunteering and social action opportunities to help young people take action to improve lives, communities and the planet.

· v’s aim is to create a culture where volunteering and social action comes naturally and where the benefits of volunteering are understood and celebrated.

· v is an independent charity launched in May 2006

· 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering 2011 in the European Union, putting a spotlight on volunteering across Europe to help create a culture of giving time. v has been appointed as an official partner of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, working with Catch22 to deliver the Children & Young People spotlight theme.

· For more information about the Teamv programme, visit www.vinspired.com/teamv, follow us on Twitter @vinspired_teamv or find us on Facebook at vinspiredteamv. Practitioners and young people are also welcome to attend Teamv information sessions which are being held at v's offices in London throughout September - see website to sign up.

See www.vinspired.com for more information on what we do and how we do it

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