Response to the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel Report

Response to the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel Report

28 March 2012

Responding to the publication of the final report by the Riots Communities and Victims Panel today, CSV Chief Executive Lucy de Groot said: “The Panel is right to emphasise the importance of equipping young people with the skills and confidence they need to secure and remain in employment.

"We also support the recommendation that volunteering is a vital means of instilling a sense of belonging and respect. Our experience at CSV shows that this is particularly important in some of our most troubled communities.

“Voluntary sector bodies with deep roots in the community are often best placed to engage with the most excluded young people, building their resilience and ability to make positive life choices. This includes forging connections with local employers, and delivering training that meets the specific needs of the most troubled individuals.

“It is vital that these organisations continue to receive funding and support from Government at local and national level, and are placed at the heart of strategies to regenerate the areas worst hit by last summer’s riots.”

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Notes to Editors

1. Through its Learning Programme, CSV offers vocational and basic skills programmes, nationally recognised qualifications and work and employability training to thousands of individuals every year. Working predominantly with young people aged 14-25 years across over 40 training centres in England and Wales, local operations deliver programmes focused on social inclusion. CSV specifically targets people with additional training needs and those who have been unable to access learning and employment.

2. In February, officers supporting the work of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel visited two CSV projects, the Walkden Foundation Learning programme in Salford, which helps 16 to 19 year olds improve basic skills and gain qualifications in media projects including film production, radio, web design and video, and CSV Springboard Bromley, which delivers a range of work-focused programmes including an Alternative Curriculum programme to young people aged 14-16 years.

3. CSV (Community Service Volunteers) mobilised over 160,000 volunteers and helped 10,000 learners develop new skills in 2010/2011, enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to take an active role in their communities.

4. For more information contact Oliver Fry, Press Officer on 020 7643 1312 / 07855 456 453 / ofry@csv.org.uk