Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) partners have delivered three events in Ceredigion, Gwent and Wrexham to introduce a new digital platform enabling organisations to advertise for, recruit and manage volunteers, and for volunteers to find suitable roles.
The new bi-lingual platform will be launched in April and will
be available at the same address as the pre-existing all-Wales
volunteering database, www.volunteering-wales.net.
The system is free to use and provides improved functionality
for organisations and volunteers.
Volunteers will be able to find opportunities by searching for
keywords or according to distance from their home location.
They will also be able to log the hours and skills they gain
through volunteering and will receive digital badges for
volunteering 50, 100, 200 hours or more. They will be able to
easily share news about their volunteering activity on social
Registration is straightforward, and the website will remind you
of your forthcoming commitments as well as being a record of what
you have achieved
For organisations, the system will help you to recruit and
manage volunteers, log volunteer hours, plan rotas and events,
record training and experience and produce reports.
A wealth of online management tools are available through the
system to make administrative tasks quicker and easier and to allow
you more time to spend supporting volunteers, improving volunteer
experiences and celebrating the difference that they make to your
Organisations that currently have volunteering opportunities on
the 'old' version of the volunteering-wales.net website are asked
to register afresh on the new system, and to start posting their
volunteering opportunities. Some guidance
on how to get started can be found here.
'It is a great idea having one central site for all volunteering
opportunities, organisations and volunteers, it should be easier to
manage and provide a bigger volunteer pool for organisations'
'We are pleased to be able to offer a user friendly and
efficient platform to encourage and support volunteering in
Wales'said Fiona Liddell, WCVA Volunteering Development Manager.'
At the same time we recognise that not everyone wants, or is
comfortable with digital systems. That is why we will continue to
offer a parallel face to face service through local volunteer
If you are an organisation that recruits and manages volunteers
and you'd like to try out the new system, please register as soon
as possible on the temporary web address
volunteerwales.teamkinetic.co.uk and start posting details of your
volunteering opportunities now. If you need any assistance, please
contact your local
volunteer centre or Gavin Wilson at WCVA for assistance with
posting volunteering opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers searching for opportunities can continue to use the
site as normal, but you will notice a change to the appearance and
function of the website during April.
You can read a
blog about the experiences of some new users of the digital
platform. For general queries about how the changes ahead might
affect you, please contact Fiona Liddell: email@example.com or your local volunteer