Russell Commission: The Russell Commission was a piece of research carried out for the UK Government to look at how involved young people were with volunteering in their communities. The research resulted in 16 recommendations, known as the Russell Commission recommendations, which aim to increase the number and diversity of young people volunteering and to increase the number and the quality of the opportunities for them to do so.
GwirVol: GwirVol is a group of organisations, who have formed a partnership in Wales that looks at the Russell Commission recommendations and how they can make them happen in Wales. The overall aim of GwirVol is to increase the number and diversity of young people volunteering and to increase the number and the quality of the opportunities for them to do so.
Partnership: When GwirVol is referred to as the Partnership, the reference is to the group of organisations involved in making decisions and implementing the recommendations.
Initiative: when GwirVol is referred to as an initiative, the reference is to all the ideas and activities that take place across Wales through GwirVol’s work.
GwirForce: GwirVol aims to be youth led wherever possible to ensure that those we are engaging with have a say in how we do things and what we do next. GwirForce is a panel of young volunteers who promote volunteering in Wales. GwirForce are a partner of GwirVol and sit on the Partnership, working groups, Grants Advisory Panel, Interview and tender panels to ensure young people have a say.
Youth Volunteering Advisor (YVA): There are 22 part-time Youth Volunteering Advisors (Known as YVAs). There is one based within a Volunteer Centre in each county in Wales. YVAs are there to promote volunteering opportunities to young people and to help young people find an opportunity that is right for them.
Millennium Volunteers (MV): Millennium Volunteers (MV) is part of a UK-wide programme supporting young people to make a commitment to volunteer for 200 hours in their community. It encourages 14-25 year olds to build on existing skills and interests and to gain new experiences by giving their time to worthwhile and well-organised volunteering activities. Their efforts are recognised through a 50 and 100 hour Certificate and 200 hour Award of Excellence signed by the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Working group: A working group is a group set up to work on a specific task. Currently in GwirVol there is a group to look at evaluating the work we, one to look at how we develop overseas volunteering and one that looks at how we recognise young people’s achievements through awards and accreditation. The groups are formed of partners of GwirVol and other organisations and people with an interest in the particular task the group is looking to carry out.
Volunteer Centre: A volunteer centre is place that advertises all the volunteering opportunities within the local area. As a young person you can visit them to talk about what you might like to do and they can help you to find the right thing for you. As an organisation with good volunteering opportunities, the volunteer centre can promote what you have to offer and help you find volunteers to fill the opportunities.
Volunteering: any non-compulsory activity which involves spending time, unpaid, doing something which is of benefit to others (excluding relatives), society or the environment
Young volunteer: Someone 14-25 who volunteers as per definition above.
Volunteering Opportunities: These are the specific roles for volunteers. They may have a title and role description. Each role may have more than one volunteer carrying it out.
Beneficiaries: are the people within the community who will benefit from volunteering. Some may be participants who take part in activities run by volunteers.
Impact: any changes resulting from the volunteering activity, both big and small. This could be changes to the people, the environment, the community or even your organisation. These changes could be straight away and only be for a short time or they could happen slowly and last for much longer.
Deprivation: Deprivation is a wider concept than poverty. Poverty means a lack of money. Deprivation refers to wider problems caused by a lack of resources and opportunities. The Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation is constructed from eight different types of deprivation. These are:
• access to services
• community safety
• physical environment
Deprived area: An area affected by one or more of these types of deprivation.
DoorStep Sport: Doorstep sport is sporting activity that takes place in communities, organised locally for the local community and benefiting a deprived area.
WLGA: Welsh Local Government Association
PYO: Principle Youth Officer
WG: Welsh Government
WCVA: Wales Council for Voluntary Action
CWVYS: Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Service
WACVC: Wales Association of County Voluntary Councils
WJEC: Welsh Joint Education Committee
GAP: Grants Advisory Panel
SON: Service Operational Network.
MV: Millennium Volunteers