Green volunteering is any volunteering activity which makes a positive environmental difference in the community.

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It can take place in towns and cities, in the countryside, indoors and outdoors, on the coast and waterways and could be as part of daily life or as a holiday experience. Green volunteers can be involved in recycling or waste reduction, climate change activities, leading nature walks or delivering educational talks.

We have worked with organisations in Wales to produce a publication, 'Green volunteering in Wales - building on good practice', aimed at organisations and groups that involve green volunteers in their work.

It contains some useful information for developing good practice in volunteer management and complements the existing good practice featured below. There is a focus on 'green' volunteering; however the insight and information will also help organisations involving volunteers in other settings.

Case study examples of green volunteering:
Gibbonsdown and Court Communities First Allotment Group
A snapshot of North East Wales Wildlife
Grow and Swap - Communities First Ebbw Vale North and South

Here are stories from key environmental organisations in Wales that depend on volunteers to fulfil their aims and where green volunteering is pivotal to their ethos. The organisations shared their examples of best practice about volunteer participation, community involvement; planning and funding. The information was gathered in face to face interviews while attending the National Eisteddfod at Wrexham in 2011.

Broughton Community Bodgers
Coed Cadw
Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - Glan Clwyd Hospital

Also below are some reports by organisations which involve green volunteers in their work:
RSPB full VIAT report
Pedal Power full VIAT report

Best practice advice
Groups or organisations involving volunteers in their work can put practices into place to attempt to overcome some of the barriers that volunteers and organisations may face. The good practice advice and resources in this section make some suggestions about what you can do.

On this website you can find generic information sheets which give advice about issues such as developing a volunteer strategy, recruiting, selecting and inducting volunteers and how to retain volunteers. You will also find some model volunteer policies for example a volunteering policy, complaints policy and volunteer expenses policy.

Resources specific to green volunteering including a role description, volunteer policy and health and safety information can be found here:

Resources for green volunteering
Please note that we have not produced the 'real life example' documents listed below and is therefore unable to take responsibility for the content. WCVA and the organisations that contribute example documents can accept no responsibility for how they are used. They are presented as examples of good practice, but it is every volunteer-involving organisation's responsibility to ensure that their volunteers are safe, and that policies and procedures meet current legal requirements. For further information about the resources listed in the Working with volunteers section of this website.

Cardiff Conservation Volunteers Health and Safety information for volunteers
Riverside Community Markets Association volunteer policy
Swansea Community Farm volunteer policy
Swansea Community Farm volunteer representative role description