Volunteering Spirit Wales is a two year project funded by Spirit of 2012 that looks to improve volunteering at events across Wales.

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Working with six key partners, the Volunteering Spirit Wales project looked at ways to improve volunteer management at events, using the Investing in Volunteers Standard as a starting point. The project partners were: Disability Sport Wales, Run4Wales, National Museum Wales, The Outdoor Partnership, Urdd  and Voluntary Arts Wales.

This presentation explains the aims, key activities and findings of the project

A baseline survey was carried out in September 2015, with 177 organisations in Wales that involve volunteers in helping out at events.

Pre and Post event surveys were carried out with volunteers for each of six pilot events and an Analysis of Volunteer Reach and Outcomes is available.

Download the full Volunteering Spirit Wales Evaluation report 

During the project, resources were developed which are now available for general use.

An event volunteering certificate is available on request from volunteering-wales@wcva.org.uk

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Here is information about the use of the certificates



volunteer skills scorecard can be used to track volunteers' development of various competences through their experience of volunteering, such as at events. An easy read version is available. It can be used in conjunction with the peer assessment scorecard, with a peer mentor/supervisor offering their own observations on how a volunteer has demonstrated skills.

 Volunteer Scorecard English small     EASY READ Volunteer Scorecard English small     Peer Assessment Volunteer Scorecard small




Guidance is available on how to use the scorecard. If you would like copies, please contact us on volunteering-wales@wcva.org.uk or phone 0300 111 0124. The scorecards are free but there may be a postage charge for large orders.

An Event Volunteerng Toolkit has been developed which includes guidance, templates and videos to support anyone who is responsible for oprganising volunteers at public events.

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Some event volunteering highlights are captured on this video about the Extra Milers who volunteered at the IAAF Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships

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Here is an archive of some articles and videos produced during the course of the project:

Event Volunteering: lessons learned January 2018
Event volunteering challenges and opportunities 3 Support and recognition October '17
Event volunteering challenges and opportunities 2 Managing volunteer data September '17
Event volunteering challenges and opportunities 1 Recruitment and diversity September '17
Increasing volunteer engagement September '17
Building partnerships and developing event volunteering July '17
Six case stories of event volunteering June '17
Melincryddan Community Conference thank event volunteers with new event Volunteering Certificates June '17
Gareth's story - Volunteering at the Urdd Eisteddfod May '17
Mental Health Arts Festival: Frances' Story March '17
Mental Health Arts Festival: Ellen's Story February '17
Volunteering Spirit Wales Baseline Survey January '17
High profile multi-sport event for the young athletes in Wales August '16
How do you say 'thank you' to your volunteers? June '16
Invitation to consultations on Event Volunteering May '16
Rewarded for volunteering with Cardiff City FC Foundation March '16 
Inclusive Futures Regional Sport Camp February '16
Making volunteer surveys accessible to all January '16
Measuring 'distance travelled' by volunteers Deceember '15
Volunteering at Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon October '15 
Network Jobs article - project & EVO role - September '15
Eisteddfod launch of Volunteering Spirit Wales July '15 

My experience volunteering at events - video interview with Alex