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New round of Millennium Volunteers projects gets go-ahead


DfEE press release:

19 January 2000

Whether it’s learning to DJ, steering a narrow boat along the canals of Manchester, or getting fit in an environmentally friendly green gym, the new round of Millennium Volunteer (MV) projects has something for all young people.

Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities Margaret Hodge today announced 79 new projects designed to encourage young people to take part in volunteering by building on what they’re into.

The MV projects will receive a share of the £20m second round funding designed to get even more 16 to 24 year olds to give a little bit of their time - and get a lot back for their community and their careers.

A further nine applications from Development Agents have also been approved. Development Agents will support and mentor emerging youth and community groups. Volunteers in all projects who complete 200 hours of service will also receive an MV Award of Excellence - an MV on their CV.

Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities Margaret Hodge said:
"Now thousands more young people will have the opportunity, through volunteering, to improve their community, and their career prospects - and have a great time doing it. MVs are serious about addressing the issues of the day - from racism to drug abuse - but they also want to have fun. This new round of projects will see MVs learning to ski, designing websites - even DJing at MV clubbing events."

"These new projects can build on the great success of the early demonstration projects. The first Millennium Volunteers have started a cultural shift in communities across the country. Now, from East London to the East Midlands, the opportunities for young people who want to volunteer are endless."


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