At a fringe event today at the Conservative Party Conference, London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis called for more people to volunteer to bolster their local communities.

“It’s important for everyone to their bit and to contribute to a bigger, stronger society,” said Mrs. Yannakoudakis at an event on the 2012 European Year of Volunteering organised by the European Commission Representation in the UK and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.

“Although I think that we need to work from the bottom up, rather than from the top down in Europe &nedash; – nowhere perhaps more so than in volunteering &nedash; – the European Year of Volunteering recognises the valuable commitment made by volunteers and voluntary organisations”

Speaking about volunteering in her home constituency of London, Mrs Yannakoudakis said: “I hope that both the Olympics and the European Year of Volunteering will inspire more young people in London to give back to their community while taking part in a once in a lifetime event.”

The event was also attended by Karl Wilding, Head of Policy, Research & Foresight at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Justin Davis–Smith, CEO of Volunteering England and Shaun Bailey, director and co–founder of the London Youth Charity MyGeneration.