£7 million to increase accessibility to volunteering

The government has launched a £7 million fund with Arts Council England, Pears Foundation and NHS Charities Together to help people access more volunteering opportunities across a range of sectors.

Civil Society Minister Nigel Huddleston said that the Volunteering Futures Fund, which includes almost £6 million directly from the government, and £1.15 million contributed by Pears Foundation and NHS Charities Together, will provide opportunities to a diverse range of people, recognising that there are people across the country facing barriers to volunteering.

The fund will have a strong focus on young people, those experiencing loneliness, those with disabilities and those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Organisations who run projects across the arts, heritage, museums, libraries, sport, civil society and youth sectors are being encouraged to apply. These include nationwide projects to create placements for young people, in addition to more regional and local projects, such as those working with a particular football club to provide volunteering opportunities.

Huddleston said: “Making volunteering opportunities accessible to all is an important step towards levelling up this country. There are so many benefits to volunteering such as improving mental health, learning new skills and becoming part of a community. I urge organisations to apply for grants through Arts Council England, to develop and deliver high quality volunteering opportunities.”

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