Celebration youth social action across the UK

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#iwillWeek is an annual week to share and celebrate the stories of young people that get involved in social action by providing a platform for them to tell their story, in the ways that work for them.

This November, we call on the public, private and third sector in Wales to help us share the stories and say thank you to the young people that give their time to causes they care about in their community. These young people might be your volunteers, your employees, your pupils, your family or your friends. However you know these amazing young people, help them to have a voice and give them a platform to shout loud and proud from.

  • If they are your employees, could they feature as your employee of the month and tell their story to other staff?
  • If they are your pupils or students, could they talk in an assembly about what difference they make to their community?
  • If they are young people that volunteer with you could they take over your social media for the day and help you to share good news stories about what you do?

To help you to share these stories and create the platforms, we have provided a collection of guidance and templates that can be downloaded from this page.

WCVA events
Launch of 'Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter' at the Wales Youth Volunteering Stakeholder Meeting - 15th November in Llandrindod Wells.

A new charter is being launched to encourage organisations that involve young people in social action and/or volunteering to reflect and improve on their offer for young people that give up their time to help their organisations.

The charter brings together insight from young people about how volunteering can be improved in Wales and is based on the principles of the Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign and the 9 key principles of the former Millennium Volunteer Award.

Further information about the charter will follow and it will be available from the 15th November.

Youth Volunteering Stakeholder Meeting - 15th November
This meeting brings together members of the Volunteering Wales Youth Network, Volunteering Wales Project Board, Youth Volunteer Advisors Network, WCVA Volunteering Team, Step Up To Serve and Welsh Government Third Sector Unit. Attendees will receive updates on youth volunteering in Wales and take part in workshops to explore improving funding to for youth social action and volunteering in Wales and explore how to improve the sharing of learning.

If you would like to find out more about this meeting please contact Felicitie Walls on fwalls@wcva,org.uk

Local events
There are nineteen County Voluntary Councils in Wales that can offer local support to volunteer involving organisations that need some help considering how to involve young people in social action and volunteering.

Information about local events will be added here as it becomes available. Please check back regularly.

What we offer volunteer involving organisations
WCVA offers a wide range of support to volunteer involving organisations.

Developing an approach to volunteering
For help on developing volunteering we have a range of tools, information and resources. Please visit here for further information.

Funding is currently available through the Volunteering Wales Grants to develop volunteering opportunities. The deadline is the 5th December 2018 - find out more here

Involving young people as volunteers
For advice and guidance specific to developing roles for young people and funding available for youth led social action please visit the 'involving young people as volunteers' page.

The latest news
We keep volunteering involving organisations up to date via our website, and also in our weekly newsletter for our members. Sign up to become a member here to receive the newsletter and many other benefits that come with being a member of WCVA.

Volunteer recruitment
You can advertise your volunteering opportunities for free on the Volunteering Wales website