Want younger volunteers? Give them all free bus travel
Under-25 bus passes would be a great way to get more young people volunteering, according to one charity
Labour’s policy, unveiled on 11 April, of offering free bus passes to young people aged under 25 has been described as modest. It’s part of the party’s wider policy of getting more local bus services back into direct council control. But one sector is jumping for joy at the possibility of even that modest contribution towards young people’s travel. Charities that work with young volunteers believe the move would help them find and retain more people.
Caley Eldred, director of development for City Year UK, a charity that places young volunteer mentors in primary schools to support pupils from disadvantaged communities, says the young people they work with make a huge commitment. They volunteer full-time for a whole year and Eldred says that while the charity supports them financially as much as it can with travel and daily costs, free bus travel would enable it to invest even more in its volunteers’ professional and personal development.
Source: Guardian Transport
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