By Max Clarke

A £4.5 million scheme to get more Londoners volunteering has been launched by Mayor Boris Johnson, with support from New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Team London programme has attracted 10 on the world’s biggest companies, including Bloomberg LP, IBM, Proctor and Gamble and MasterCard.

£2 million of initial funding from the Reuben Foundation a further £2.5million from the Mayor will fund the scheme, along with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with additional support and resources through his Bloomberg LP.

“We are extremely proud that the approach to address pressing local challenges through high impact volunteer strategies has made its way across the pond, pioneered by Boris,” said New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We are looking forward to sharing your success here in the state and then working together to spread the word even further.”

The programme will mobilise around 10,000 volunteers, primarily across six large scale projects to help improve the quality of life in the city. The Mayor wants to create an army of community spirited volunteers who will become leaders of uniformed youth groups, mentors, sports coaches, literacy champions, help green London through planting trees and support learning activities for older people.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘All across the capital, ordinary Londoners are making an extraordinary difference by volunteering their time. We want to harness this incredible goodwill and the generous philanthropy of the capital's businesses, to make London a safer, cleaner, greener and stronger city. Evidence shows that when we get involved in our city, we all feel better about our city. I’m calling on everyone to sign up and be a part of Team London, so together we can make this the best big city in the world’.

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