Volunteering for under 25's Volunteering for under 25's Whether you need to gain experience, or you’d like to try something new, volunteering could be just what you’re looking for. You could spend the summer in the sunshine of the Gower, dry stone walling, hedge laying or building wildlife habitats; or helping younger children in a local youth club; you could volunteer with people, in an office, indoors or outdoors- whatever it is that you’re interested in, volunteering is a chance to get involved in a fun, free activity that benefits you, your family, your friends and your community. Want to volunteer? The Volunteer Centre at SCVS has listings of over 5000 different volunteering opportunities across Wales; 500 of those are based in Swansea! Visit www.Volunteering-Wales.net to browse hundreds of volunteering opportunities in Swansea. Visit www.GwirVol.org to find out more about Youth Volunteering. Or you can contact us here at the Volunteer Centre on 01792 544000 for a friendly chat where a trained advisor can talk to you about your skills, ambitions, reasons for volunteering and previous experience. Either way, we can help to find the right opportunity for you! Want to start your own project? Maybe you have a great idea for a project and want to put that in action. The Youth Volunteer Advisor at SCVS can help you do this. Funding for youth-led projects is currently available through Swansea Youth Bank. Are you aged between 14 and 25? As a volunteer you could gain formal accreditation and recognition through the Millennium Volunteers Scheme. Millennium Volunteers As a young volunteer you could gain formal accreditation and recognition through the Millennium Volunteers Scheme. What is Millennium Volunteers? Millennium Volunteers is a UK wide volunteering programme for 14-25 year olds, which aims to: Make a positive impact within local communities Offer challenging and interesting volunteering opportunities for all young people Enable young people to acquire new skills and knowledge and develop personally Increase recognition of volunteering by young people in the community Set a standard for volunteering opportunities in Wales Encourage ownership of the programme by young people What does it involve? You make a commitment to volunteer for 200 hours. You can choose to work in a voluntary organisation or group or get together with friends and run your own project. You can do anything, which will help you, your group and the community. There is a certificate to mark the first 50 and 100 hours of volunteering and MVs who complete 200 hours of volunteering will receive an Award of Excellence signed by the First Minister of Wales. Why become an MV? It's a fun and rewarding way to spend some of your spare time. It opens your eyes to other things that are going around you. It can challenge you, your perceptions of other people, your knowledge and skills and can really help you develop in so many ways. It can even help you to think about what you may want to do in later life and try out different things to see if you enjoy them. You can make new friends and volunteering can be great to talk about to your other friends. Whatever you do, it will look great on your CV. Your experience will give you that extra something to talk about when you go for interviews. Your voluntary work will equip you with valuable skills that any employer will want to see. To find out how you can sign up, please contact Ruth in the Volunteering Team on 01792 544000. We look forward to hearing from you!