26 Jul 2018

Please find below an overview of the resources and comms that can be used to promote volunteering to young people and help you with developing good practice with organisations, courtesy of WCVA.

They plan to officially launch the animations and videos in September to coincide with the start of new term. You are free to use the resources as you feel most appropriate before this time.

There will be more to follow later in the year.


Resources / Communications aimed at young people:

Animations and videos to encourage young people to volunteer

(1) Animation – What are the benefits of volunteering? Told through two characters. One volunteers’ the other doesn’t then changes her mind. For schools and colleges – watch this video on volunteering – prompt young people to visit Volunteering Wales website

ENG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj9LNjB5i4Q
CYM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANbvY4a9Hu4

(2) Video (young people) What made you get into volunteering? (Beth wnaeth i ti gychwyn gwirfoddoli?) / What is the best thing that has happened to you whilst volunteering? (Beth yw’r peth gorau sydd wedi digwydd i ti wrth wirfoddoli?)

ENG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGAJ4NiKOZU
CYM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH_RUVfhmjA

(3) Video (organisations) Why should young people volunteer? / (Pam dylai pobl ifanc wirfoddoli?)/ What advice would you give to young people who are thinking of volunteering? (Pa gyngor fyddech chi’n ei gynnig i bobl ifanc sydd yn ystyried gwirfoddoli?) (Launch with article in September 2018)

ENG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhUlBQTqNT8
CYM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCYWqQL0xUQ

Resources aimed at youth volunteer involving organisations:

1. To improve the volunteering offer to young people

– ‘Involving young people as volunteers’ online module – via WCVA Learning Zone at https://www.learningzone.wales/

The training was devised to assist organisations that are looking to involve young people as volunteers to consider all the elements of creating opportunities and preparing the organisation to best work with and support young people.
The training course in an online e-learning module comprising of 10 short interactive sections and cumulates in the development of an action plan, so an organisation can outline its next steps. The training is freely available, individuals just need to sign up to WCVA’s Learning Zone to get access.

To join the ‘Involving Young People as Volunteers’ course, individuals to contact WCVA Volunteering Team (gwirvol@wcva.org.uk) to receive a user account.
– ‘Preparing for young volunteer’s checklist’ – https://www.wcva.org.uk/volunteering/working-with-volunteers/resources#Recruitment

This checklist was devised as part of the above training but also sits as a standalone tool which can be used by organisations that are looking to involve young people in social action or volunteering (or just looking to refresh their offer to young people). The document contains useful links to relevant resources that can assist organisations to think through each area of development, such as preparing a role description or writing a safeguarding policy.

– Draft principles for youth volunteering and social action charter – not yet published

The purpose of developing charter principles was to reflect on the definitions of social action and volunteering and to present these clearly to young people and organisations and to refresh the key principles of MV and the #iwill campaign and to check these were relevant within the welsh youth volunteering context. The principles outline the definitions, present a commitment from organisations when involving young people and outline the ask of young people when they volunteer.

The YVA Network agreed with these new principles and suggested the charter be published and launched as a new charter which organisations can sign up to.

2. To make better use of social media platforms in engaging with volunteers

– Guide titled ‘Best resources for successful social media engagement in 2018’

This guide is an up to date overview of useful tools and platforms for organisations to use to better engage with current and prospective volunteers. The guide can be found at:

ENG: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6167521/the_best_resources_for_successful_social_media_engagement_2018.__e_.pdf
CYM: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6167528/the_best_resources_for_successful_social_media_engagement__w_.pdf

– Webinar on using social media to promote volunteering –

A webinar was held for CVC staff to help them to improve their use of social media with current and prospective volunteers and to improve their ability to give advice and signpost to volunteer involving organisations. This webinar was recorded and is available on the following link:


– New information sheet titled – ‘A guide to safeguarding young volunteers on social media’

To support organisations that would now be increasing their use of social media a new guide has been produced to highlight the risks and challenges of using social media as a tool. The guide also includes practical tips for organisations.

ENG: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6174147/9_safeguarding__english_.pdf
CYM: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6174252/9_safeguarding__welsh_.pdf

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