2.6 Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities
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The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector in 2016 has undertaking a Volunteer Awareness National Campaign, and one of the three main target audiences of this campaign are young people. As part of this campaign The National Volunteer Award is held annually in December. The awards include the Youth Volunteer of the Year. This award shall have the same aims as the National Volunteer Award and has the main scope to promote volunteering among young people. The aim of these awards are to:
- To give broad recognition to the service done by the nominees;
- To create awareness of the exemplary values displayed by the models for youth and wider society;
- To recognise the important contributions made in various fields.
The National Volunteer Award shall be awarded to an individual volunteer between the age of 16 and 30 years who has contributed in any field, such as social, humanitarian, health, ecological, cultural, education, sports, etc. The voluntary work must have had a positive contribution towards a particular field and should ideally have served as an inspiration to others.
Information on volunteering can also be accessed online. Aġenzija Żgħażagħ hosts an online Youth Information Portal. Information provided is continually updated and includes detailed contact information of various institutions, agencies and organisations together with embedded hyperlinks to access further details directly from the source. Youth Information Malta provides also a showcase of news, events and activities pertaining to the youth field and aims to be a common meeting place for young people, institutions, organisations, and youth workers. One section in the portal is dedicated directly to volunteering.
Also, the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector manages three Volunteer Centres, the North Hub, the South Hub and the Central Hub. These centres serve as volunteer hubs and resource centres, where voluntary organisations, including those of young people, may use as their base and meeting points. These centres also hold training programs addressed to administrators and members of voluntary organisations. These facilities are open 24/7 and intended to support networks of volunteering organizations, assisting newly founded volunteers organisations and promoting volunteering opportunities.
The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector in 2016 is undertaking a Volunteer Awareness National Campaign, and one of the three main target audiences of this campaign are young people.
Aġenzija Żgħażagħ also send information to youth organisations on volunteering opportunities in its monthly newsletter.