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  1. Volunteering and Internships in the Third Sector Nathan Williams

  2. An overview of the third sector in Wales • 8,475 registered charities • 350 Co-Operatives • 600 Companies or friendly societies • 410,000 Volunteers • 230,000 governance posts • 51,000 Paid jobs

  3. Sources of funding 2008-2009 Estimated income 2008-2009 = £1.6bn

  4. Changes • Changing culture • Commercial awareness • Sustainable organisation • Attracting the right people

  5. Volunteering and Internships • Volunteering • Giving time freely • Typically open ended • A chance to develop a role • Time commitments tend to be flexible but a long term commitment is usually best for the organisation and the individual • Internships • Giving time freely • Structured roles typically over a set (short) time period

  6. Volunteer Centres There is a volunteer centre in each local authority area in Wales, plus 12 covering the large rural county of Powys, making a total of 33. All are voluntary organisations and are either independent groups or part of the county voluntary council. They exits to provide free advice on volunteering in each specific locality

  7. VCS – The Cardiff Volunteer Centre VCS exists to provide free, friendly and impartial advice on volunteering in Cardiff We have over 560 different opportunities registered for 300+ organisations Areas include youth work, befriending and advice, health, disability and support needs, community and conservation projects, retail, office and admin roles, fundraising, PR and publicity and much more!!

  8. Some volunteering opportunities available through VCS… Environmental – Friends of the Earth Cymru, RCMA Gardens , Keep Wales Tidy Finance – SNAP Cymru , Big Issue Research – Women seeking sanctuary Marketing and PR – Age Concern, Alzheimer’s society Event management – Oxjam

  9. Volunteering opportunities continued… Social care – Childline, Safer Wales, Homestart The Arts & Performing arts – Chapter Arts, Cardiff Story Museum, Craft in the Bay Media & Communications - Friends of the Earth, Sustrans, Alzheimer’s society, MAC Media Academy

  10. Millennium Volunteers • Millennium Volunteers is a UK-wide Government-backed initiative to encourage young people (aged 16 – 25) to volunteer. • There are three levels: • 50 hours (Certificate) • 100 hours (Certificate) • 200 hours (Award of Excellence)

  11. Sign Posting and Further Information All volunteering roles in Wales can be found on line at www.volunteering-wales.net the WCVA All Wales volunteering website. VCS Information Tel: 02920 227625www.volunteercardiff.co.ukFacebook – Voluntary community service Cymru – The Cardiff volunteer centre WCVA Internship Information www.wcva.org.uk or email jskelton@wcva.org.uk Third Sector Internships through WCVA Facebook –- www.facebook.com/explorementro

  12. Thank you Any questions?