The new site, to be launched in the autumn, will offer ‘speed’ volunteering opportunities enabling younger people to volunteer quickly and easily for up to 6 hours, finding out about these opportunities via social media. Small organisations will be able to set up online communities of volunteers, who will be able to comment on and recommend opportunities to their friends via Facebook.
London’s 18-25 year olds will also be able to utilise their volunteering experience to help them get paid work. The new platform will enable young people to build an online CV of their volunteering experiences, and use the skills they gain to access to paid work opportunities provided by London employers. Young Londoners will also be able to access thousands of volunteer opportunities posted by the capital’s volunteer centres through the new service which will form part of the Team London website and will launch in the autumn.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘‘Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity for young Londoners to learn invaluable new skills that will help set them up for life. We want to make it easier to get involved in volunteering, which is why I welcome Team London’s exciting new partnership with Do-it.org.”
ivo’s CEO, Jamie Ward-Smith said: “We are thrilled to be working with Team London on this exciting new development for London’s youth. It fits perfectly with our objective of helping volunteers to utilise their experience to enhance their career development and provides a great example of how the new Do-it platform can support joined up working and in turn boost the capacity of volunteering.”
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