17 May 2021

Community First wins Lottery support to help young people into volunteering

Community First is delighted to have been successful in receiving nearly £80,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to develop a new volunteering project for Young People in Hampshire.

Community First’s Volunteer Service helps thousands of people across the county to discover the many benefits and enjoyment of volunteering. They also work with hundreds of local charities and community groups to promote a diverse range of volunteering roles that benefit the local area.

The National Lottery funding means that the service will welcome 2 new staff members dedicated to helping more younger people take up volunteering roles. The service will be aimed specifically at 13-17 year olds.

Project Coordinator Lorraine Lambert said that she is thrilled to have this opportunity to help younger volunteers take part in placements and activities. Historically, finding placements for this age group has been incredibly difficult despite the number of under 18’s who really want to volunteer. To be able to involve younger people means that they will no longer miss out on what volunteering can offer. As well as a sense of achievement, volunteering also helps people to feel they are a greater part of their community and can teach vital skills for both employment and life in general. Research has also shown that people who volunteer at a young age are far more likely to continue doing so into adulthood.

Helen Bushell, Senior Head of Regional Funding for London, South East & East at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to award Community First this funding, which is helping thousands of young people in Hampshire discover the joys and benefits of volunteering.

“Volunteers continue to have an incredible impact on their local communities, and thanks to National Lottery players, projects such as this across the country will play a vital role as we rebuild and reconnect with one another throughout this year.”

Volunteers are essential to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.  In fact, 21.6 million (42%) people in the UK volunteer at least once a year.

You can find out more about how to get involved in volunteering in Hampshire by visiting Volunteer First.

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