PBR05: KPMG pledges £500,000 for youth volunteers

KPMG has pledged £500,000 over three years as one of the founding partners of
the Russell Commission implementation body, tasked with helping recruit one
million young volunteers aged under 25 over the next five years, this
afternoon’s pre-Budget report has revealed.

The RCIB has been developed to deliver a series of measures aimed at
transforming the volunteering landscape for young people and ‘delivering a
step-change in the diversity, quality and quantity of opportunities for which
young people can choose to volunteer’ a KPMG statement read.

The firm will be supporting three main projects to help increase the number
of volunteers. These include ‘ready for work’, an initiative aimed at helping
previously homeless people back in to employment, ‘the passage’, the UK’s
largest day centre for homeless people in Britain and ‘project compass’, a
charity working to help homeless ex-military personnel back into employment.
KPMG will also provide a secondee to support the RCIB with corporate planning.

Mike Rake, chairman of KPMG international and senior partner said: ‘KPMG has
a long-standing commitment to supporting volunteering in our local communities.
I believe the private sector has a key role to play in improving our communities
and becoming a founding partner of the Russell Commission Implementation body is
a natural continuation of our commitment.

‘Our own people have supported the firm’s UK-wide volunteering programme for
over 10 years. Over 3,000 KPMG staff – more than 30% of our people – now
participate in the programme.’

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