Scouting celebrated at launch of Campaign for Youth Social Action

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HRH The Prince of Wales today launched a new campaign to double the number of young people volunteering in their local communities by 2020. He met with a variety of leaders from different sectors, including UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt, to secure their support for the campaign.

The Cabinet Office said the Campaign for Youth Social Action had been set up to get an additional 1.7 million young people involved 'in practical action in the service of others' by 2020.

Wayne said: 'The commitment to help other people is at the heart of our Promise, and as such The Scout Association fully supports the Campaign for Youth Social Action.

'We know that each week tens of thousands of our youth members are active in their communities, helping in innumerable ways. We also know that adults volunteering in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities.

'Being invited to the launch of this campaign is recognition of the fantastic work Scouts all over the country already do. It’s evidence of the impact that Scouts have in their communities that we’re in a position to influence the government’s agenda on volunteering and youth social action.'

Meanwhile Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, announced a separate scheme to award £5 million of new funding to encourage young people to volunteer. The funding will be given over two years to charities, social enterprises and schools across England that run programmes for young people engaged in social action.

Find out more about the Campaign for Youth Social Action.

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