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'Team London' volunteering scheme launched - 4 March 2011

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced a new £4m grant fund to encourage volunteering in the capital.

The fund, called Team London, will give grants worth up to £10,000 to voluntary sector organisations that want to increase the number of volunteers they use.

The cash will also support uniformed youth clubs, including girl guide and scout groups, so that they can recruit more volunteers, and it will fund a new Mayor's Mentors programme that will train volunteers to mentor young people.

The three-year fund is made up of a £2m donation from the Reuben Foundation - a charitable foundation set up in 2002 by the property developers David and Simon Reuben - and £2m from the Greater London Authority.

The fund, called Team London, will give grants worth up to £10,000 to voluntary sector organisations that want to increase the number of volunteers they use and will concentrate in three priority areas:

  • Cutting crime
  • Improving quality of life
  • Increasing youth opportunities.

A statement from the GLA said Johnson would seek additional funds from the private sector and charitable foundations. The body will start looking for partners to deliver the fund in the next month.

For full details and to register for updates visit: www.london.gov.uk