HELPERS in the community are to be recruited from schools.

A national initiative called Make a Difference Day is to be organised by Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and is supported by Barclays community investment programme.

Make A Difference Day is on October 30 and is a chance for pupils to spend all day doing hands-on volunteer work in their local area.

The idea is to boost young people's citizenship education and to encourage them into long-term volunteer work.

Last year 21,000 pupils took part in the event.

Projects included pupils starting recycling schemes in school, youngsters working with local charities and a mentoring scheme, where older pupils helped younger children make the transition from junior school to secondary school.

The pupils are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating any project they take part in.

Every student involved in the project receives a certificate which can be used in their National Record of Achievement, a list of successes made up to the age of 16.

Free educational resources to help with Make A Difference Day activities are available for teachers.

For further information on how to take part, visit or contact Anna Gilmour on 020 76431440.