City students lead the way in new volunteer programme

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A group of Sheffield University students are to play a key role in a national scheme seeking to boost numbers of young people taking part in community projects.

Step Up To Serve was launched at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles, with the support of the leaders of all three main political parties.

Students on the Lloyds Scholars scheme at the university are already signed up to the programme and during the current academic year have pledged 3,900 hours of volunteer work across Sheffield.

The Lloyds programme supports young people from lower income families with financial backing, paid internships, a business mentor and careers advice.

In return students must carry out volunteer work for at least 100 hours a year. It is hoped the public will also want to get involved.