Millennium Volunteers (MV)

Millennium Volunteers (MV) is the recognition programme of the GwirVol initiative. It is a chance for you to use a nationally-recognised certificate to show your volunteers the value of their volunteering and to give them something that they can show to future employers or education establishments as evidence of the volunteering that they have done. You can also use it as a good way to say thank you to those young volunteers who have made the commitment to your organisation.

For information on grants available for running an MV programme, go to Our Grants Information Page

MV has been running since 1998 and in that time over 17,000 young people aged 14 to 25 in Wales have been involved. The aim of the programme is very simple – to recognise the contribution that young volunteers make to organisations across Wales. This is done through the use of 50, 100 and 200 hour certificates, the last of these signed by the First Minister of Wales.

Since 2011 and linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there has also been a certificate awarded for sport or activity-related volunteering, MV50 Sport. In March 2013 we also launched MV50 Global to recognise the contribution of overseas volunteering to a young person’s volunteering experience. There are plans to launch more MV50 Awards in the future, go to our MV Future page to find out the latest developments.

MV - It looks good on your volunteers’ CVs, it is fun to get involved in and it only asks that volunteers give their time – there are no exams and as an organisation there is only a small amount of paperwork when you register with us.

If you are 14 to 25 and you would like to know more about this then visit our page with information on MV for young people here.

Claire Bracegirde CAT for Case Study Aug 2912Claire Bracegirde, Millennium Volunteer

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Find out more about what is going on in volunteering by visiting our news page here.

There are 9 Key Principles of MV, namely that volunteering opportunities for young people should show the following:–

• Personal commitment
• Community benefit
• Voluntary participation
• Ownership by young people
• Quality
• Recognition
• Inclusiveness
• Variety
• Partnership

MV is linked to other volunteering programmes across the UK and hours completed for one scheme should be counted for others. For more information on other volunteering programmes in the UK, contact –

England – V
Scotland – The Saltire Awards
Northern Ireland – MV through Volunteer Now

Want to know more about MV in Wales – go to our Become a Part of MV page

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