Young people in Hackney under starter’s orders for volunteering programme

Young people in Hackney have the opportunity to join an exciting volunteering programme, which will start in the borough’s primary schools this September, Hackney Council announced today.

The 12 month programme, which is being run by City Year, is open to ten young people aged between 18 and 25 and will offer them invaluable experience of working within a school and the chance to be tutors and role models to children in Hackney.

As part of the programme, young people will receive personal development training, free travel, one day’s leadership training every week and up to £100 per week for expenses and subsistence costs. Volunteers can also win a Citizen Service Award of up to £1,000, which will help support their professional development.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said:

““In these tough times, it is essential that Hackney Council and its partners provide as much support and training as we can to people of all ages. It gives young people the chance to gain first hand experience of working in a busy school environment, which will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Hackney Council and City Year are holding an open day about the volunteering programme on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010, at 2.15pm in the Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3ND.

To register for the event, people should contact Andrew MacPhee on or 020 8356 2839.

If people are interested in the programme, they can start their application now by applying online at By doing this, they might be invited to sit their interview for the programme at the open day on Tuesday, 3 August.

With only two years to go until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, people in Hackney can still apply to join the Personal Best Programme. Personal Best is open to Hackney residents who are not in work or education, but would like to gain opportunities to volunteer and improve their skills and chances of getting a job. The programme is supported by London 2012 and Hackney Council.

Upon completion of the programme, people will receive a nationally recognised qualification and a guaranteed interview to apply to become one of 70,000 official volunteers needed during the 2012 Games.

It is funded by the London Development Agency (LDA) and Learning and Skills Council (LSC). It is co-ordinated in Hackney by The Learning Trust, which runs all the education services in the borough on behalf of Hackney Council.

For further information, please contact The Personal Best Team on 020 8820 7075 or email: