vinspiredV-Inspired is a new national youth volunteering programme backed by £75 million funding, which aims to inspire half a million more young people to volunteer in England.

V-Inspired has been designed by and for young people, to make volunteering a compelling choice for all 16-25 year olds in England by tapping into their passions and concerns. The charity aims to change the image of volunteering and make it a ‘must-have’ part of young people’s lives.

Terry Ryall, v’s Chief Executive, says: “v is delighted to be able to fund this innovative and youth-led project, which will enable young people to get positively involved in all Local authorities in Merseyside.

“Young people are at the heart of this new programme which aims to put them at the centre of our communities. Instead of seeing them as a problem to be fixed, we are giving them the chance to become a positive force for change.”

V-Inspired builds on the previous government-funded Millennium Volunteers programme and v’s work to date with more than 200 voluntary sector organisations. It has commissioned 205,000 volunteering opportunities so far. The new programme gives voice to the 6,000 young people surveyed by the Russell Commission who said there needed to be a step change in the quantity, quality and diversity of volunteering opportunities to make it easier for young people to volunteer.

For more information visit the young people’s portal www.vinspired.com