LAST MODIFIED ON: 28/06/2020
The Welsh Government, through the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, is responsible for volunteering policy. It funds Volunteering Wales, a partnership of voluntary, community, public and private sectors organisations in Wales who represent and promote youth volunteering. Volunteering Wales has the particular aim of increasing the number and diversity of young volunteers and to give them more and better quality volunteering opportunities. Volunteering Wales is also the central point for registering to volunteer in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020. Full details of the membership of the network are given in the section ‘Cross-sectoral cooperation’ in the ‘Administration and Governance of Youth Volunteering’ article.
A form of accreditation for volunteering activities is provided by the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. This is an overarching school/college qualification for 14- to 18/19-year-olds which combines general and/or vocational education (through existing qualifications) with the development of key skills that are intended to equip young people for life after school. One of its components is a 'community challenge', which requires learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit their local community.
AS a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the UK government pledged £750 million in May 2020 to voluntary and community organisations (as well as social enterprises) to support their services, including youth volunteering organisations. £60 million of this funding is specifically for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to support thousands of charities on the frontline helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19.