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British volunteers have been praised by the Secretary of State for International Development as part of International Volunteer Day (5 December).
The event was created by the United Nations in 1985 to thank volunteers around the world for their efforts and raise awareness of their contribution to society.
The secretary, Andrew Mitchell, said: “Today, on International Volunteering Day, I would like to recognise the efforts of the thousands of people who give up their time to support development programmes worldwide.”
His branch of Government, the Department for International Development, also highlighted the achievements of its International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers.
ICS programmes involve a 12-week overseas placement, followed by supported community action projects back in the UK.
The scheme gives young people a chance to join in the fight against global poverty and develops young ambassadors who make a difference in their home communities.
Over 500 young people aged 18–22 have already taken part in the scheme, involving work in over 25 countries.
To find out more about ICS programmes click here
Posted by Beth O’Shea
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