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Mayor launches new volunteering initiative to tackle youth unemployment

Date:   Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Time:   10:15am for a 10:30am start

Venue: The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA                                                                                  

Please note: There will be a photo opportunity with the Mayor and young volunteers. Media wishing to attend should email communitydesk@london.gov.uk

To mark the 30th Anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will launch a new volunteering initiative aimed at getting young people into work.

HeadStart London is a partnership between Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme, and youth and community charity The Challenge. The programme will work with 16 – 18 year olds offering them volunteering opportunities to boost their skills in communication, team work, organisation and self-discipline, and help them find jobs.

The Mayor will be joined by inspirational speaker Martine Wright, survivor of the 7/7 bombings, who went on to become a Paralympic volleyball champion and is also a Team London Ambassador and Peter Cheese, CEO Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). He will also meet young Londoners who took part in the HeadStart pilot scheme.

Event schedule:

10.45 – 11.00: Martine Wright (Team London Champion and Paralympian)

Speech on the support she’s received post 7/7 and the importance and impact of volunteering.

11.00 – 11.05: The Mayor of London

Vision for volunteering and tackling youth unemployment

11.05 – 11.10: Photo opportunity with the Mayor and young volunteers.

11.10 – 11.20: Peter Cheese (CEO CIPD) and Steps Ahead mentor and mentee

Involvement in tackling youth unemployment through CIPD Steps Ahead programme and HeadStart London

11.20 – 11.40: Peter Cheese hosts New Look, Starbucks, two HeadStart London pilot participants and The Green Gym (charity) in the & lsquo;Green Room’

Q&A – impact of the programme and importance of business involvement

11.40 – 11.45: Team London closing remarks.

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