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VSO tries to set the record straight;In Brief

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VSO is launching a 10-point plan to promote volunteering and to counter the outdated public perception that most of its recruits are school leavers on a gap year.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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