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Volunteers are the lifeblood of voluntary and community organisations in Wales.  They bring so many benefits, but recruiting and retaining volunteers means creating a positive and supportive environment.

These pages include information sheets covering a wide range of topics and advice, model policies, resources, information on grant funding and more. If you work with volunteers in Wales, or are looking to get into volunteering, then we’ve got you covered.

Volunteering Wales

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Volunteering Wales is a digital volunteering platform from Third Sector Support Wales. The platform hosts hundreds of volunteering opportunities from across Wales in one place, making it easy to find and recruit volunteers – or start on your own volunteering journey.

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Resources

Category | Volunteering |

Thinking about volunteering

Category | Policies, procedures & practical | Volunteering |

Model volunteering policy

Category | Volunteering |

Code of practice for involving volunteers

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Volunteering projects

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Helpforce Cymru

Working with Third Sector Support Wales, Welsh Government and others to develop the potential of volunteering in health and social care. On
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Latest volunteering news

Published: 10/09/21 | Categories: News | Volunteering |

Volunteering is repaid with ‘laughter, smiles and change’

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Published: 06/09/21 | Categories: Volunteering |

Your invitation to join Adult Learners’ Week 2021

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Published: 05/07/21 | Categories: Funding | News | Volunteering |

New strategic volunteering grants now open

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Volunteering training courses

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Our volunteering calendar

JANUARY

St Dwynwen’s Day

25 January

St Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron saint of lovers, Wales’ very own St Valentine. On both St Dwynwen’s Day and Valentine’s Day those who #lovevolunteering share their stories on social media.

  • Hashtags: #lovevolunteering #carugwirfoddoli #cariad #santesdwynwen #dyddsantesdwynwen

FEBRUARY

St Valentine’s Day

14 February

Join the celebration of love… for volunteers. On Valentine’s Day people who love volunteering use the hashtag to share their stories or the stories inspirational volunteers.

  • Hashtags: #lovevolunteering #carugwirfoddoli

Student Volunteering Week

8-14 February

Run by the Student Volunteering Network, Student Volunteering Week highlights student volunteering and social action and the benefits for students and the projects they run.

APRIL

Microvolunteering Day

15 April

Take part in ‘bite-sized, on-demand, no commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause’ – or microvolunteering. Microvolunteering Day is an opportunity for microvolunteering platforms, organisations and individuals to demonstrate the power of microvolunteering.

JUNE

Volunteers’ Week

1-7 June

One of the most important weeks in our calendar every year, Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

  • Hashtags: #volunteers #volunteersweek #ThankYouVolunteers #volunteer #community #charity #wythnosgwirfoddolwyr #gwirfoddolwyr #GwirfoddolwyrDiolch #gwirfoddolwr #cymuned #elusen
  • Links: volunteersweek.org, facebook.com/VolunteersWeek

Small Charity Week

14-19 June

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector and everything small charities do to change the lives of people worldwide.

AUGUST

National Eisteddfod

Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales.

NOVEMBER

International Volunteer Managers Day

5 November

A day to celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership. Volunteer Managers change lives, both the lives of volunteers themselves and of those served by well-led volunteers.

DECEMBER

International Volunteer Day

5 December

The United Nations created International Volunteer Day in 1985 to celebrate the ‘power and potential of volunteerism’. The day raises awareness of the contribution volunteers make to their communities.