What is the Millennium Volunteers Programme?
Urdd Gobaith Cymru has received a grant from Russell Commission and Wales Council for Voluntary Action ( WCVA ) to undertake the Millennium Volunteers programme over the next two years.
Millennium Volunteers is a UK wide initiative designed to promote and recognise volunteering among young people aged 16 - 24 who are interested in building on existing skills, experiences and interests by volunteering in well-organised, quality opportunities
The scheme aims to:
What does it involve?
- 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
The purpose of the programme is to promote, encourage and recognise a sustained commitment to voluntary activity. To demonstrate this, volunteers are encouraged to volunteer for up to 200 hours in projects that clearly impact on the local community.
Volunteering is an important expression of citizenship and is an essential component of democracy. It is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain. The role of the volunteer is to complement but not replace that of professional staff that provide a statutory service.
The commitment by young volunteers will be recognised. Certificates will be awarded when each volunteer achieves 100 hours of volunteering and at 200 hours volunteers will receive an award signed by Rhodri Morgan.