Supporting roles

SIR - Whether it was Big Society or riot clean-ups, there was undoubtedly a spotlight on volunteering during 2011 and, as we enter 2012 with the continued challenge of a difficult economic climate, the need for vital local support and resources continues.

Volunteering in 2012 is not about committing huge amounts of time; it’s about finding the opportunities that suit and inspire you and make a difference to your local area in the process.

Our charity runs the national volunteering database,, where there’s around one million opportunities to volunteer with charities across the UK. Our volunteers tell us that, as well as learning new skills, they get a huge sense of achievement from the experience.

A little time can make a big difference. I would implore your readers to log on to and’s the best New Year’s resolution you could make.

Martyn Lewis, CBE

Chairman and Founder of YouthNet

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