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What is volunteering?

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.

Where to find out about volunteering

Powys Volunteer Centre works with 9 local volunteer bureaux/community supports based throughout Powys, whose job it is to help you to find places to volunteer.

Find your nearest Local Delivery Partners.

Volunteering Wales Website

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.

http://www.volunteering-wales.net/index.html

Millennium Volunteers for 14-25 year olds

Is a nationally recognised certificate scheme with 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. Volunteering includes fundraising, being a young leader or coaching and mentoring and can be with more than one group, club or charity.

You can include:

  • Volunteering with more than one organisation
  • Include up to 50 hours for the 3 months before your Start Date
  • Include travel, planning and training time for you volunteering.

Just complete and return a start form (see link below) to your nearest volunteer bureau.

Information for Organisations

Delivery Partners

Organisations which have large numbers of volunteers that are 16-25 years old may want to consider becoming Millennium Volunteer delivery partners and carrying out their own administration and issuing of certificates. There can also be funding available to support volunteers expenses. Visit the the relevant page on the GwirVol website for more information.

You Give You Get

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

GRANT FUNDING

Youth Led Grants 14-25 years

Small grants of up to £600 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.

Gwirvol

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:-

  1. Creating Opportunities
  2. Promotions
  3. International - Please note that the International grants are currently unavailable
  4. Millennium Volunteers

For more information about Gwirvol Grants click here.

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