The Home Office is funding projects in five localities to find out what motivates people to get involved in community life. The findings from the projects will be used in a strategy to encourage volunteering.The projects will build on work in progress and will bring together representatives from the Volunteering Bureau, local authorities, NHS Trusts and Business in the Community. Each project team will act as a hub for a range of projects in the locality and present a one stop shop where people can find out about volunteering. They will make extensive use of new media and IT and one project will run a cyber cafe. A principal aim of the projects is to find out how to encourage more young people and ethnic minorities to volunteer.
Volunteering opportunities range from helping people with shopping to serving as a magistrate or school governor.