As part of the Volunteering Spirit Wales project, a scorecard has been created as a tool for volunteers to reflect on their volunteering experience and its impact.
Volunteering Spirit Wales is a 2 year project funded by Spirit
of 2012 which aims to improve the quality of volunteer involvement
in public events. We are very pleased to be launching the skills
scorecard, a new resource developed by WCVA in partnership with Disability Sport
Wales during the project.
The scorecard is a colourful and eye-catching resource,
focussing on 8 different areas of competency, including problem
solving, creativity and teamwork. The competencies have been
defined in line with Disability Sport Wales'
ROAR peer support and mentoring project, which aims to develop
young disabled people through sport leadership and volunteering
With inclusivity in mind, the scorecard is
available in 2 different
formats; a standard and an easy read version. There is also a peer
assessment version to enable a supportive mentor to give an
Although the scorecard has been designed as part of the event
volunteering project, it is a flexible resource that can be used
both in events and in longer term volunteering programmes, working
to measure the effect and impact of long and short term
volunteering on volunteers themselves. Furthermore, it can be a
useful tool for event organisers to use in assessing the impact of
their event and benefits to those involved.
One benefit of the scorecard is that it really allows volunteers
to reflect on their personal development, which
can have valuable practical applications for their futures - in
situations such as preparing for job applications and interviews.
This makes the volunteering experience more meaningful and helps
volunteers with their future journey.
In addition to being a tool for reflection, the scorecard
encourages discussion between volunteers and supervisors - whether
that is volunteer managers or other volunteers acting as mentors.
It can therefore form the basis of introductory mentoring
programmes with organisations looking to start mentoring
initiatives among their volunteers. The parallel assessment by
volunteers and mentors encourages and allows the volunteer to
identify, with greater self awareness, particular areas of strength
or areas to work on.
The scorecard is not accredited or a means of formal
recognition, but provides a way for volunteers to recognise their
own progress, with evidence and examples. In terms of recognition,
the scorecard works well alongside the new
Event Volunteering certificate which has also been developed as
part of the Volunteering Spirit Wales project.
The Event Volunteers Skills Scorecard is now available in hard
copy or to download
here. Alternatively you can access the Easy Read
version here and the Peer Assessment
If you are interested in having a supply of hard copies, or
would like any more information please contact Althea Cooley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognising the skills developed by volunteers in and out of
events feeds into the theme of this year's Volunteer's Week: 'you make
the difference'. It is important to consider the difference
volunteers are making to themselves as well as wider communities.
Volunteer's Week 2017 takes place from 1-7 June.