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Volunteering can be beneficial to the most vulnerable youngsters

05 Dec 2011

Marking International Volunteering Day, Ofsted today publishes Choosing to volunteer, a survey of what works best in engaging young people in volunteering within schools, colleges and in the community.

The report finds that by involving young people with their communities, volunteering can provide alternative opportunities for young people to achieve their goals and develop a better sense of civic duty and responsibility. The importance of extending ways for young people to engage productively in their local communities has been highlighted by the disturbances in some cities this summer and the rising numbers of young people not currently in education, training or employment.

Featuring the outcomes of inspectors’ visits to schools, colleges and youth and community settings, the report evaluates the experiences of young people, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who participate in volunteering programmes.

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