05 August 2004
Black people who want to volunteer are being overlooked because volunteer organizations fail to reach out to black and ethnic minority communities in the UK, says a research published today in the national paper The Guardian.
A survey of more than 500 black and ethnic minority Londoners, commissioned by volunteering agency TimeBank and the Ethnic Media Group, found that 62 per cent of respondents thought their local area needed improving. The same number said that, if asked, they would be willing to volunteer their time to make these changes, but more than half did not know where to go or who to ask about voluntary work.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed felt that mainstream charities would benefit from a more diverse volunteer base, which would help them better understand the needs of London's large black and ethnic minority communities.
The survey has been published to mark the launch of a London-wide campaign, Mind the Gap, which aims to raise awareness among black and ethnic minority communities about how to volunteer, as well as the benefits of volunteering.
By: Tash Shifrin, The Guardian