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Youth Action Scheme Launched
Interested in volunteering? Sign up to the new youth action scheme vinvolved.
The launch of England’s biggest ever youth action scheme, vinvolved, was celebrated on 30 April with a gig at the Bloomsbury Ballroom headlined by The Enemy. vinvolved is the flagship project of the charity v, which is backed by £75 million from the Office of the Third Sector, and aims to invigorate youth volunteering in England.
If you are a civil servant under 26, you can sign up to the scheme and get involved in anything from making films and staging music and arts workshops to coaching kids’ sports and planting trees in neglected areas. Over the next three years vinvolved hopes to encourage half a million 16–25 year olds to participate in and lead volunteering projects.
The launch was called the v day Ballroom Blitz party, and as well as The Enemy also featured The Rumble Strips, The Thirst, Martina Topley Bird, Bloc Party and XFM DJ Dave Berry. It is hoped coverage of the event will reach millions of young people over the coming weeks. Tickets were allocated through a prize draw to 16–25 year olds who signed up to the scheme as well as those already volunteering.
At the beginning of April, The Enemy joined vinvolved project Trees for Cities in a housing estate in London to promote the launch. Lead singer Tom Clarke said, ‘Doing the job swap opened our eyes to the difference volunteers can make. We helped bring green trees to grey spaces. It felt good to make a difference to the people living there.’
vinvolved is a great way for civil servants under the age of 26 to volunteer. For more information and to sign up visit www.vinspired.com.