The Home Office has launched a new £5 million flagship programme for volunteering, mentoring and befriending projects for 2006/7 and 2007/8.
Funding is available for up to 50 projects to act as exemplars of good practice in recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers, mentors and befrienders.
One third of the grant awarded is intended for projects to share good practice throughout the sector, whilst remaining funds are allocated to the maintenance and development of operations, focusing on raising the level of volunteering activity amongst people at risk of social exclusion.
Projects invited to participate will include: those currently funded under the Home Office’s Volunteering Recruitment Fund; projects currently funded under the Mentoring fund and projects nominated by Government Offices, working in partnership with Volunteering England and Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, in regions where resources are most needed to raise the level of volunteering activity amongst people at risk of social exclusion.
The programme will also include national and regional events and dedicated publications highlighting the benefits of good practice in volunteering.
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