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Volunteering Wales connects volunteers and organisations

Published : 05/12/23 | Categories: News | Volunteering |

The re-launched Volunteering Wales platform is a simple, effective and completely free way for organisations and volunteers to find each other.

Managed by TSSW (Third Sector Support Wales), the new Volunteering Wales website links volunteers with the voluntary organisations that need them, and it couldn’t be simpler to take advantage of it.

VOLUNTEERING RECRUITMENT MADE EASY

It’s free to use, and over a thousand organisations have already taken advantage to start advertising their volunteering opportunities to the Welsh public.

Wales has a rich history of volunteering, in all the different forms it takes, and now it couldn’t be easier for people to help out in their local communities. Organisations are advertising all sorts of volunteer opportunities all across the country, from working in charity shops, to unique experiences like jewellery care or being a gig buddy for adults with learning disabilities.

Whether you’re an organisation looking for new volunteers, or someone who wants to give back to their community, Volunteering Wales can help you find what you need.

MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

Volunteering Wales also allows you to directly demonstrate what volunteering for your organisation can do for people, and it’s a straightforward way for volunteers to sign up and record their volunteering activities.

Using volunteers time as match funding can be an important part of applying to funders, and Volunteering Wales allows you to quickly and easily record those hours. Being an online platform means it’s more accessible for people wherever they are, whatever their needs.

The site is fully functional on mobile, tablet and desktop, and it can tell volunteers what’s available locally wherever they happen to be. This means they can find out what’s going on and manage and access their opportunities even when they’re on the move.

GIVE BACK, GAIN SOMETHING

Volunteering can be a great way of developing someone’s skills, whether they’d like experience working in a shop, improving communication skills, or even just becoming more confident around people. Volunteering is a fantastic way for people to give back and show they care, but it can also be a great way of developing, especially for people who want to work in the voluntary sector.

Joe has a form of high-functioning autism, and had been a volunteer at Splott Community Volunteers for three years when he was successful in applying for a paid Volunteer Coordinator role with them.

He said: ‘When I first started I was very secluded, I am an introvert. I was very quiet and kept to myself, but after getting to know the other volunteers I got more confident and came out of my shell. I struggled a lot, but volunteering gave me the confidence and support I needed to apply for jobs like this.’

On a visit to Splott Community Volunteers, Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt MS said: ‘People are volunteering in so many ways. They have been really important in the cost of living crisis. It’s a tough time for many people and so volunteering is a way to reach out and help. Everyone can volunteer and that includes all generations from young people through to our older generations.’

REGISTER FOR FREE

Volunteers are the backbone of the voluntary sector, and at a time when many are pushed for time and money, Volunteering Wales aims to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible – register for free today.

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