Prince Charles has spoke of his hope that Britain’s volunteers will continue to grow after last year’s London 2012 Olympics.
The Prince of Wales, writing for the Mail on Sunday, explained that he believes young people can be motivated and guided through the help of the volunteering community.
“I know that young people have an immense contribution to make to our society,” the second-in-line said. “But I have long believed we are failing to do enough to unlock their talent and unleash their energies to help tackle all sorts of challenges.”He added: “I would hope that we might also build on the wonderful volunteering spirit and the contribution made by so many to the success of last year’s London Olympics.”
Charles, who turned 65 this week while on a tour of India and Sri Lanka with the Duchess of Cornwall, revealed he has been inspired to work harder with communities to encourage more adults to become volunteers, after hearing so many devastating stories.
“I found it impossible to ignore their pleas for help in finding solutions to a problem which has blighted too many lives.
“I often reflect on the bravery and courage shown by Barry and Margaret Mizen, whose teenage son Jimmy was murdered in 2008.”
The Prince, who will one day become King, told the Mail on Sunday he believed that young people in his country would benefit greatly from the “help of organisations such as the Guides, Scouts, cadets and other youth organisations.”
However, he explained that these groups do not have enough volunteers to help them support vulnerable youngsters.
“These are all groups which are hampered in their growth by a lack of adult volunteers.
“I know that young people have an immense contribution to make to our society, but I have long believed we are failing to do enough to unlock their talent and unleash their energies to help tackle all sorts of challenges.”
Charles, who has long worked with improving British youngsters lives, added that “we must enlist thousands more adults to support and motivate younger people in their social action.”
Later this week, the Prince will be joined by Prime Minster David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband as he launches the youth initiative Step Up 2 Service, which he hopes will encourage more people to offer their time to volunteer programs.