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Voluntary Work: Religion

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage volunteering with faith organisations. (306983)

The Office of the Third Sector is committed to working towards a society where all individuals and communities are enabled to volunteer.

Through the Capacitybuilders programme the Office of the Third Sector is providing Volunteering England with £1.4 million between 2008 to 2011 to deliver improved support to volunteer involving organisations. Part of Volunteering England’s work is to support volunteering within faith based organisations. Volunteering England is working with the youth volunteering charity v to fund six volunteering projects within faith based organisations. The aim of these projects is to improve the way that faith based organisations receive support in the areas of volunteer recruitment and retention.