VSO tries to set the record straight;In Brief

27th February 1998 at 00:00
In its 40th year Voluntary Service Overseas is asking where will the next generation of recruits come from as an opinion poll found nine out of 10 15 to 25-year olds haven't heard of it.

It is experiencing a 10 per cent drop in the number of volunteers it will send abroad , the first decline in a decade. Applications have fallen by 22 per cent in the past two years, with recruits to teaching posts down by 50 per cent.

VSO is launching a 10-point plan to promote volunteering and to counter the outdated public perception that most of its recruits are school leavers on a gap year. It will hold recruitment fairs and open days aimed at technically-skilled people.

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