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Volunteers are the lifeblood of voluntary and community organisations in Wales. They bring so many benefits to organisations but recruiting and retaining volunteers means creating a positive and supportive environment.

From information sheets that cover a wide range of topics and advice to model policies , resources information on grant funding and more. If you work with volunteers in Wales, then we've got you covered.

How we can help
Here at WCVA we work with Volunteer Centres, County Voluntary Councils (CVC's), organisations who recruit volunteers, the Welsh Government and other public bodies to maximise the potential of volunteering in Wales. 

We want to see:

  • More people and communities benefit from volunteering
  • Volunteers gaining skills for their own personal development
  • Organisations better able to recruit, support and involve volunteers
  • Raised profile of and recognition for volunteering
  • Better advocacy and strategic leadership for volunteering

We do this in two ways:

  • Provide information and supporting volunteer recruitment and placement in close partnership with Volunteer Centres and CVCs to make Wales an even stronger 'volunteering nation'.
  • Improve the quality of volunteer management through best practice advice including around safeguarding, accredited training and support to volunteer managers, courses for the volunteering community and arrange of resources to support both volunteer personal development and help organisation who involve volunteers.

I want to volunteer
If you are looking to volunteer there are two routes to explore to get involved in exciting activities, projects and help local communities in many ways: 

  • It's easy to find a volunteering opportunity to suit your interests, skills and availability. Go to and have a look at what is available.
  • Or if you prefer to talk to someone who can help you find a suitable placement you can contact or visit your local Volunteer Centre.

Involving young people as volunteers
If you are an organisation or project that is looking to involve young people as volunteers, there are several ways we can help you, such as developing and promoting volunteering opportunities for young people.

Youth-led Grants
Across Wales, we fund 19 panels of young people that allocate small grants to young people to design, develop and deliver their own youth volunteering and social action projects. Click here to find out more.

Volunteer stories
If you're unsure about the kind of volunteering opportunity you'd like to be involved in, perhaps these real-life stories of people's volunteering experiences will give you an idea.

Rewards and recognition
A great way to celebrate your volunteering successes is to sign up  to the volunteering wales website to record your volunteering hours to mark certain milestones (50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 hours). In achieving those hours, digital achievement badges are awarded. You can download certificates of achievements. Make sure the organisation where you volunteer is registered on the new system to enable you to begin accounting for your volunteering hours.