Ampersand Network

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The Ampersand Network is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to improving the appeal and accessibility of volunteering for young people in Australia.[1]

Ampersand was founded on the belief that exposing young people to social and environmental need will produce a more broad-minded and socially engaged generation of leaders than might otherwise emerge.

Two of its directors were Victorian finalists in the Young Australian of the Year.[2][3]

Since its launch in 2005,[4] the Ampersand Network has provided access to over 5,000 volunteer opportunities Australia wide, and hundreds more with international development agencies abroad, such as Australian Volunteers International, Students Partnership Worldwide and Global Vision International.[5]

Each year, the Ampersand Walk[6] gives young Australians the opportunity to 'volunteer their feet' for not-for-profit organisations with a proven track record in utilising young volunteers.[7]

In 2004, The Ampersand Network was applauded for its work in The Australian Senate.[8]

In 2005, The Ampersand Network was the recipient of an Anti-Poverty Award for Young Victorians.[9]


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  2. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  4. ^ 'Helping hands get a slice of life, Herald Sun, 14/03/05, p61
  5. ^ 'If you do one thing today...', The Age, 04/04/05, p7
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived September 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Fifield, Mitchell. "The Senate Adjournment: Ampersand Speech" (PDF). Australian Senate. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived August 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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