Volunteering is an opportunity to get involved. This could be with your local community or even overseas! It's an opportunity to meet new people, make lifelong friends and have fun. It's about helping others and giving back but that doesn't mean you won't get anything in return. As a part of your volunteering you can learn new skills, gain recognition and qualifications.
There are many types of Volunteer roles such as: fundraising; first aid; campaigning; computers and design; sports coaching; youth leadership.
There are 3,500 voluntary and community groups in Powys, which are a real A-Z, such as: arts - drama, dance to music; health and social care; charity shops; amateur sports, environment and conservation.
You may already be volunteering, for example: fundraising for Young Farmers, Children in Need or Comic Relief; as a young leader in scouts, guides or cadets; coaching juniors.
Powys Volunteer Centre works with 12 local volunteer bureaux/community supports based throughout Powys, whose job it is to help you to find places to volunteer.
Find your nearest contact at Powys Volunteer Centres.
This website has hundreds of opportunities in Powys. Just enter your postcode and select from the 40 categories of opportunities. the Gwirvol logo show which ones are suitable for 16-25 year olds.
Click on the Volunteering Website link to visit the website.
If you are 14+ getting recognised for the volunteering that you do is more important than ever!
It is really easy to get Certificates for your hours which can be used on your CV and for college, university and work applications.
Powys awards scheme, run by PAVO, gives certificates for 20, 50, 100 hours of volunteering in the community.
Just complete and return the Profile form to your nearest volunteer bureau or the organisation/group you are volunteering for.
Once signed up all volunteers need to do is keep track of what they have done, when they did it and how long it took on the Record of Volunteering form.
Once completed your hours, fill in the completion form here.
PAWS 14-16 year olds - PAVO is seeking delivery partners from groupsand organisations that work with young people in this age group to enable them to gain their certificates. It's simple and easy to become a delivery partner, just complete and submit the Registration form or contact PAVO Helpdesk tel: 0845 009 3288 or email: email@example.com
Is a nationally recognised certificate scheme with certificates for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.
You can include:
Just complete and return a Start Form to your nearest volunteer bureau.
From 1st April 2012 14-15 year olds are able to gain Millennium Volunteers Certificates for their volunteering in the community. 16,000 young people in Wales have been awarded the Certificates for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering. Gaining a Certificate shows initiative and social responsibility which is so important for college, university and job applications in this competitive economic environment. The pilot year to lower the age range aims to get youngster volunteering earlier. Volunteering includes fundraising, being a young leader or coaching and mentoring and can be with more than one group, club or charity.
MV50 Sport is the new Olympic branded Certificate for 50 hours of sports or activity related volunteering.
The new MV50 Sport is for 50 hours of Sport or activity related volunteering and bears the Olympic 2012 logo.
Just complete a Start Form and state that you would like this special Certificate.
Millennium Volunteers - organisations have larger numbers of volunteers that are 16-25 year olds may want to consider becoming delivery partners and carrying out their own administration and issuing of certificates. Ther can be funding available to support volunteers expenses see Get involved with MV
There are other forms of accreditation for Youth Volunteering - see Gwirvol's guide to recognition and accreditation of volunteering for young people at you give you get
Small grants (in the region of £250) are available form PAVO to run a project that provides volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 years. The young people can be from an existing group or just young people coming together to run a project of their own choosing. The application must be written by a young person. Past projects have included organising fundraising events to support local charities, local environmental schemes, and improving facilities for older people. There will be a young person's panel to award the grants.
There is still money available! Apply Now!
Grants in the region of £250 are available for projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 to help their communities. Previous successful applications secured funds to:
The applications have to be written by young people. A panel of young people from Powys will assess the applications.
Funding is still available, monies must be spent by the beginning of March 2013.
To download the application form click on the link here.
Gwirvol is a uniquely diverse partnership in Wales, for promoting, supporting and driving forward youth volunteering, led by the views of young people through our youth-led partner Gwirforce.
The aim of the Gwirvol Youth Volunteering Grants scheme is to support the delivery of a wide range of new volunteering opportunities in Wales and overseas that will support the step change in access to volunteering for young people aged 16-25 and especially for disadvantaged young people. The Gwirvol grant scheme offers four different strands of funding:-
For more information about Gwirvol Grants click on the link http://www.gwirvol.org/en/grants/