Youth action and volunteering

NCVYS members Youth Action Network is likely to close. They have been unable to replace their main source of income, the Strategic Partners Grant from the Office for Civil Society, which will end in March. Youth Action Network has around100 member organisations who together support almost 400,000 young people to volunteer, and many are led by young people themselves. Their research suggests that the future for their member organisations is very uncertain with 91% of them due to lose crucial funding for their youth volunteering projects in April.

Youth Action Network have written to their member organisations to announce the potential for a hand over of assets and members to NCVYS at the time of Youth Action Network’s closure which could be as early as September 2011. The proposal will be voted on by members at a Special General Meeting to be held in Birmingham on the 9 March.

NCVYS member Volunteering England has announced that they are “anxious about the reports that cuts in local authority budgets are going to result in the closure of local Volunteer Centres and in hugely damaging reductions in their services.” They have reports from about 30 Volunteer Centres where the services they provide or their whole future are seriously threatened by current local spending plans.


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