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Engaging adults in youth volunteering

The political profile of volunteering has risen sharply in the last decade as a key part of strategies related to civic renewal and building stronger communities. In particular, a range of initiatives have aimed to encourage young people to engage in volunteering. Research and evaluation that followed has provided a rich set of evidence on why young people volunteer and the benefits associated with this kind of activity. Political attention has focused less on volunteering amongst adults or volunteering in settings where volunteers and beneficiaries are from different age groups.