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New volunteering opportunities with Football Unites

Football Unites Racism Divides has been awarded funding by v, the youth volunteering charity, to get young people positively involved in their communities.

The project began on 1st April 2008 and aims to work with nearly 800 young people aged 16-25 over the next  three years. Full-time, part-time and short-term taster sessions are all available. The type of activities available include providing sporting activities for the community through the utilisation of FURD Eds multi sports arena, working with young offenders in prison to deliver a combined package of  both sport and education, providing a mentoring scheme for refugees to help them settle into the community, delivering arts and dance workshops to young people, working to bring different communities together through FURD Eds conflict resolution programme, delivering healthy lifestyle workshops to BME communities, undertaking advocacy and campaign work and helping with promotion and publicity. Through the delivery of these volunteering opportunities FURD Ed will contribute to the citys aim of achieving communities that are cohesive, with active citizens displaying community pride with good health and well being.       

Football Unites Racism Divides Educational Trust is one of 152 projects across the country who will be funded by v as part of vinvolved, 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.

Howard Holmes says: We are very excited to be part of the vinvolved programme. The funding will enable us to harness the enthusiasm and talents of young people in Sheffield for the benefit of the community". v replaces the Millennium Volunteers scheme which has now finished.

The photo shows the fruits of the labours of some of our volunteers, who helped lay out cards on thousands of seats at Sheffield United's ground on 8th April to enable fans at the Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday derby to honour local football legend Derek Dooley, who died recently.

Dooley (Click for full size pop-up)
Sheffield Utd fans spell out 'Derek Dooley' with cards laid out by FURD Vs

External links

Link to an external website vinspired: the volunteering site for 16-25 year olds in England
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