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Support for Overseas Volunteering

Andrew Mitchell announces support for overseas volunteering on National Volunteers’ Week

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Today marks the start of National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). This is an annual event that celebrates the contribution that millions of volunteers make all over the UK, and inspires others to get involved.

Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development, said:

“International volunteering initiatives offer people the unique opportunity to see the everyday reality of people in developing countries and make a difference to poor people’s lives. I saw this first hand when I worked as a volunteer teaching teachers in Rwanda.”

“National Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to highlight the important contribution of volunteers and to encourage more people, especially skilled professionals, to use their expertise to help communities in the developing world.”

If you are inspired by volunteering and would like to get involved, visit

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Published 1 June 2010