NCVO comment on Help to Work launch

Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering and development, said:

'Volunteering has the potential to transform people's employment prospects – but clearly it must be freely entered into. NCVO sought and received assurances from DWP last year that mandated Community Work Placements, and any other sanctions-backed placements, will not be conflated with volunteering. Nevertheless, we have suggested that charities consider carefully whether to be involved.

'Our report on volunteering and employment earlier this year identified a number of issues with the existing knowledge of JobCentre Plus staff regarding volunteering and benefits and we have highlighted these to the DWP.'

 

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