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Challenge to invest to beat the recession; THRIVE.

Volunteering England is challenging the Government to invest in volunteering to contribute to national and personal economic renewal.

The call to action is included in Volunteering England's nine-point "Recession Challenge", which the organisation presented to the Office of the Third Sector at its Strategic Partners meeting on the recession.

The Recession Challenge sets out nine key challenges to central and local government, volunteer-involving organisations and the private sector, in order to make the most of volunteering's potential to contribute to economic recovery.

Dr Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England, said: "Now, more than ever, volunteering can play a vital role in contributing to the nation's economic and social development.

"Volunteering can provide a route to employment for many people, helping unemployed people gain the skills, experience and confidence they need to get back into work or change career paths.

"In challenging and uncertain times, volunteering can also play an important role in contributing to social wellbeing, helping people build connections and a sense of belonging within their communities.

"The Recession Challenge is a call to Government, businesses and volunteer involving organisations to ensure that volunteering can play its part in economic revival-now is not the time to cut back on volunteering to save money.

"Equally, it is a call to everyone involved in the sector to turn current constraints into new opportunities, building on volunteering's capacity to develop and support individuals and communities.

"The economic conditions set up new possibilities for working with volunteers.

Now is the time to build new partnerships so we can further strengthen volunteering and make the most of volunteering's capacity to contribute to economic recovery."

For details on Volunteering England go to www.volunteering.org.uk

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