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Voluntary Work

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Prime Minister's speech at Britain's Everyday Heroes Book Launch of 24 July 2007, what steps have been taken to mark the contribution of volunteers on 24 July each year. (318357)

The Government have used the 24 July to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those making a difference in our communities. This has included work with the Council on Social Action as well as voluntary and community groups to support and encourage them to find more ways to celebrate all those acting for social good.

Events to mark the day have included the Catalyst Awards for people using technology to create social change, a reception at 10 Downing street for local heroes across the country and the creation of the National Talent Bank to act as an intermediary between employers who are scaling back working hours and volunteering organisations.