Charles’s volunteer vision unites parties

The Prince of Wales joined the three main political party leaders as he helped launch a campaign to bolster youth volunteering.

Launching Step Up to Serve at Buckingham Palace, the Prince, Prime Minister David Cameron, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour’s Ed Miliband called on more youngsters aged 10 to 20 to get involved so participation levels are doubled to more than 50 per cent by 2020.

Charles described it as “a huge but exciting challenge”, but admitted “that it may look as though we have bitten off more than we can chew”. The intiative aims to create a life-long culture of volunteering.