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PORTCHESTER Community Association will gain a new volunteer co-ordinator thanks to a grant from Hampshire County Council.

The council has approved £4,990 for the association’s volunteer scheme.

The scheme aims to encourage younger people to volunteer in their local community to enhance their skills and meet new people.

Portchester Community Association, which is also looking forward to having a new centre built, was founded in 1962 and is one of the longest-established associations in Hampshire.

It hosts many events, taster days and other initiatives designed to foster community spirit and cater for local interests.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of the council, said: ‘With many younger people struggling to find jobs in these challenging economic times, volunteering is an ideal opportunity to learn new skills and improve career prospects.

‘Hopefully this scheme can help youngsters experience some new and exciting challenges.’