"'Dramatic' rise in 16 to 25-year-olds volunteering across the UK"

Article from BBC UK - Apr 11, 2016

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"Whether it's due to the legacy from the London 2012 Olympics or just a series of successful campaigns, more 16 to 25-year-olds are giving up their time. Figures show 2.9m people across the UK made the effort in 2015, compared to 1.8m in 2010, a 52% increase.

The head of research at National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Nick Ockenden says campaigns could be the reason for the rise. "It's quite a dramatic increase and we don't normally see that level of change with something like volunteering," he says. Nick thinks the spike could also be down to the National Citizen Service, a government scheme for 16 and 17-year-olds. "If you volunteer you are going to get new skills. If you volunteer you will have a chance to test out a different type of career. So those sort of employee benefits are being recognised by young people, they're being promoted by the organisations. They will be gaining new skills. They will be gaining new experiences and linking that to employability. But I think the biggest thing young people report in every survey is having a good time and having fun..."

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