Volunteers are the lifeblood of voluntary and community
organisations in Wales. They bring so many benefits to
organisations but recruiting and retaining volunteers means
creating a positive and supportive environment.
From information sheets that cover a
wide range of topics and advice to model
policies , resources information on
funding and more. If you work with volunteers in Wales, then
we've got you covered.
How we can help
Here at WCVA we work with Volunteer Centres, County Voluntary
Councils (CVC's), organisations who recruit volunteers, the
Welsh Government and other public bodies to maximise the potential
of volunteering in Wales.
We want to see:
- More people and communities benefit from volunteering
- Volunteers gaining skills for their own personal
- Organisations better able to recruit, support and involve
- Raised profile of and recognition for volunteering
- Better advocacy and strategic leadership for volunteering
We do this in two ways:
- Provide information and supporting volunteer recruitment and
placement in close partnership with Volunteer Centres and CVCs
to make Wales an even stronger 'volunteering nation'.
- Improve the quality of volunteer management through best
practice advice including around safeguarding, accredited training
and support to volunteer managers, courses for the volunteering
community and arrange of resources to support both volunteer
personal development and help organisation who involve
I want to volunteer
If you are looking to volunteer there are two routes to
explore to get involved in exciting activities, projects and help
local communities in many ways:
- It's easy to find a volunteering opportunity to suit your
interests, skills and availability. Go to www.volunteering-wales.net and
have a look at what is available.
- Or if you prefer to talk to someone who can help you find a
suitable placement you can contact or visit your local Volunteer Centre.
Involving young people as volunteers
If you are an organisation or project that is looking to
involve young people as volunteers, there are several ways we can help you, such as
developing and promoting volunteering opportunities for young
Across Wales, we fund 19 panels of young people that allocate
small grants to young people to design, develop and deliver their
own youth volunteering and social action projects. Click here to find
If you're unsure about the kind of volunteering opportunity you'd
like to be involved in, perhaps these real-life stories of
people's volunteering experiences will give you an idea.
Rewards and recognition
A great way to celebrate your volunteering successes is to sign
up to the volunteering wales
website to record your volunteering hours to mark certain
milestones (50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 hours). In achieving those
hours, digital achievement badges are awarded. You can download
certificates of achievements. Make sure the organisation where you
volunteer is registered on the new system to enable you to begin
accounting for your volunteering hours.