CivilSociety: CRA and NCS launch ‘million hours’ volunteer scheme

Thousands of teenagers will be drafted in to help charity shops as they reopen, according to plans announced at the start of Volunteers’ Week.

Volunteers aged 16 and 17 will be recruited through the Million Hours Initiative, which will be managed by the National Citizen Service and Charity Retail Association.

Organisers say that the project will open up opportunities for younger volunteers, at a time when many unpaid roles are restricted to people over 18 years of age, as well as helping charity shops start to recover from the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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