GwirVol believes that every young person should have the chance to be recognised for what they do as a volunteer.
Volunteering is important and you should be thanked for it and also have something to show for it when you come to write your CV or fill in a job application form.
MV – Millennium Volunteers
This is why part of the GwirVol initiative is the Millennium Volunteers (MV) Award. MV has been around for a few years now and it is a recognised Award that shows how many hours you have volunteered, when, where … and it is a great way to show what you have done as a volunteer.
Although MV is one way to
recognise your volunteering,
GwirVol knows that there are
others available to young people
in Wales. We work with many
of the organisations who deliver
them directly – people like
Sports Leaders UK and the
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Students working with UCAN Productions receive 50hr certificates from the Head of the School of Optometry, Cardiff University
You Give, You Get
In 2011, GwirVol published ‘You Give, You Get’, a guide to all the national recognition and accreditation schemes for volunteering available in Wales. This was intended as a reference guide for anyone who was interested in what was available to them – you can find the online version on this website – You Give You Get
If you think that there is anything missing from this by the way, do tell us! We are looking to publish another edition in the near future and we want to know what we have missed!
Here’s what one young person has to say about being recognised for her volunteering -
Jessica Powell, a volunteer at the Ryder Cup 2010 said at an event in 2011 to mark the role of young volunteers at the event :
"Receiving recognition from the Welsh Assembly Government means a lot to me, as I’m sure it does to my fellow volunteers. This certificate, along with the Millennium Volunteer scheme with which it is linked, provides something tangible which can be shown to employers as evidence of commitment and dedication. Young people in Wales have a real passion to make Wales a better place, whether that be through inspiring entrepreneurialism or through philanthropy. That is something worth volunteering."