Our young people are one step ahead in volunteering game

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Young people of Dacorum are already exceeding expectations as Prince Charles announced a new campaign to get more 10 to 20-year-olds volunteering in the community.

To mark his 65th birthday, the Prince of Wales last week pledged to get up to 50 per cent of young people off the streets and volunteering by 2020.

The Volunteer Centre Dacorum has welcomed the Step Up 2 Serve initiative, calling it a ‘realistic’ and ‘achievable’ aim for the borough which already holds one of the highest volunteer rates in Herts.

Project co-ordinator at the centre in Hemel Hempstead’s Marlowes Lorraine Rockminster has praised the borough’s young people for their persistent enthusiasm for voluntary work.

“We’re very fortunate that the largest age group we see looking to help out are young people, aged between 16 and 25,” she said. In 2011, 3,460 young people were volunteering through our centres across Hertfordshire. That number has risen by well over a thousand each year and if this continues, the Step up 2 Serve scheme may very well accomplish their mission by 2020.”

The scheme hopes to provide more opportunities for young people to get involved in voluntary work.

Lorraine agrees that such work can help provide people with direction in life, but in terms of curbing crime – one of the reasons Prince Charles has dreamt up the scheme, she said:“Volunteer schemes for troubled teens are beneficial but ultimately extra care and support would need to be provided to help that individual.”

Visit www.volunteerdacorum.org